Matt Osborne picks up on how the rich and powerful manipulate the media to get what they want:
Jolie is not the first movie star to turn the gossip media into their own personal stovepipe, though to be sure she is today the very best at this game. The system is really quite simple:
Leak an outrageous story to eager reporters.
Watch the tabloids outdo each other.
Give an exclusive interview in which you complain about the coverage, citing the tabloid covers.
Call the studio and tell them you want ten million for the sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Now consider the Dick Cheney method:
Leak an outrageous story to Judith Miller.
Watch the press erupt.
Wave the New York Times headline on a Sunday talk show.
And now you know how the mainstream media works for the powerful and famous instead of informing you.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.