WTF: NY Daily News on Rihanna

Now that Chris Brown is enrolled in anger management classes, the paper speculates on whether Rihanna could use them, too

By Judy Berman

Published February 25, 2009 4:24PM (EST)

I would like to stop writing about Rihanna. I really would. But media coverage of her story becomes more ridiculous by the day. Today the New York Daily News reveals that Chris Brown is enrolled in anger management classes. But rather than leaving the story at that, the Daily News decides to pursue its own clever, ballsy angle. Here's the headline: "Chris Brown learns anger management; could Rihanna use it too?"

Now, I don't always agree with the feminist blogosphere when it cries "victim blaming," but come on. Just look at this:

Insiders are rumbling that Chris shouldn't be taking the anger management classes alone. "Rihanna is temperamental, too," says our snitch. "They're both too hot-headed for their own good."

Adds another source: "It didn't help that Rihanna grabbed the keys out of his rented Lamborghini and threw them down the street. She knew it would really infuriate Chris, and it worked."

The rest of the article leaves much to grumble over, too. For one thing, Brown's "spin doctor" admits that his client is taking the anger management classes because it will "make him look better to the public." And how about the Daily News referring to its unnamed source as "our snitch," as though this were just some inconsequential gossip item? But the ultimate outrage comes in the article's final paragraph. Without explaining why we should trust the legal opinions of the aforementioned snitch, the Daily News quotes him or her as saying, "If Chris is convicted, it would be his first offense. He won't go to prison."

Judy Berman

Judy Berman is a writer and editor in Brooklyn. She is a regular contributor to Salon's Broadsheet.

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