TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Anna Nicole Smith: Category 4 Government Slayer

Up until now, there has been very little comic relief afforded by the Wikileaks scandal. But that gap has been filled by The Guardian‘s release of a lengthy November 15th, 2006 cable written by the U.S. Ambasssador to the Bahamas.

It’s not so much the content of the cable, though whether Anna Nicole Smith really can be credited with such an impressive amount of shifting of Bahamian voter perception is up for debate. Rather, it’s the breathless style in which the cable was written by Deputy Chief of Mission D. Brend Hardt (now posted to the Barbados).

Not since Category 4 Hurricane Betsy made landfall in 1965 has one woman done as much damage in Nassau. Lying in disarray in her wake are Doctor’s Hospital, the Coroner’s Court, the Department of Immigration, local mega-lawyers Callenders and Co., formerly popular Minister of Immigration Shane Gibson and possibly Prime Minister Christie’s PLP government.

Towards the end of the memo, Hardt relates Smith’s dramatic impact on the local media landscape in the form of increased newspaper sales and a more aggressive local reporter M.O. Who knew?

Mediabistro Course

Travel Writing

Travel WritingStarting September 23, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by a former Vanity Fair staff writer, James Sturz will teach you how to report, interview, and find sources, discover story ideas and pitch them successfully, and understand what travel editors look for in a story. Register now!