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November 03, 2014

So Did the Media Miss Lena Dunham's Hair-Raising Stories About Her Sister, Or Did They Bury It?

A long time ago, an unaccomplished man wrote a memoir in which he described eating dog.

Although many people praised this book, none of his fans seemed to have read the part about eating dog, even when this became pretty relevant: When his media surrogates were attacking a political rival for transporting a dog on his car's roof to a vacation spot.

Many, many reporters or magazine hangers-on wrote reviews of Lena Dunham's book.

None of them except Kevin Williamson bothered to mention the story that is now all over the media.

There are only three possibilities:

1. Not a one of them read this story, because none of them really read the book they were reviewing.

Although I would bet a lot of money that most of them didn't even bother reading the book they were reviewing (for money! in print!), I find it implausible that none of them read this part.

2. They read these stories, but none of them saw it as newsworthy or worth a mention, because this struck them all as normal behavior.

Also implausible. Even if it were somehow true that every reviewer was so sexually jaded to have shrugged their shoulders at these strange tales, it is implausible that not a single one of them would have realized the general public would find such salacious confessions newsworthy.

Leaving only possibility three:

3. They knew about this part of the book, and realized the general public would find these strange tales newsworthy, but they decided to embargo any mention of them as a professional courtesy to a political fellow-traveler.

Number three is the only one that is even plausible.

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