The New York Times wedding announcement for former WNBC reporter-anchor Carol Anne Riddell is causing a stir online with commenters criticizing Riddell’s marriage and media columnists examining the origins of the article.

Riddell, who served as WNBC’s education reporter and Sunday evening anchor before being let go by the station in early 2009, married John Partilla, an advertising executive, in November and recently celebrated the union with a small ceremony at New York’s Mandarin Oriental hotel.  The New York Times covered the marriage in its regular Sunday “Vows” section.  What makes the NYT piece on Riddell’s marriage unique is that it tells the story of how she and Partilla broke up their respective marriages to be together.

As one commenter pointed out on the NYT website, “The notions of ‘Vows’ has a deliciously ironic depth of meaning here–the ones they made, but the ones they felt less compelled to honor.” Read more