Saturday, March 15, 2008

Chutzpah: Its What's for Dinner.

In yet another example of the sad fact that there is NO SHAME for anyone in this country, we get this stunning exhibition of gall from the lawyer for King Elliot's Good Time Girl:

Call girl's lawyer blasts media for using photos
Newspapers, Web sites have shown photos of Dupre in suggestive poses

Since when did sitting cross legged in a bikini, in a photo that was OBVIOUSLY taken outside and in public become 'suggestive'? When she could no longer potentially gross more in an hour than I make in a month by publishing it for potential johns?

updated 9:34 a.m. PT, Sat., March. 15, 2008
NEW YORK - The lawyer for the call girl linked to the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer lashed out at the media on Friday for thrusting the 22-year-old woman into the "public glare" without her consent and publishing revealing photos.

Prompting the question "Who is the biggest whore, the lawyer of the client?"

Since her identity was disclosed, newspapers and Web sites have splashed photos of Ashley Alexandra Dupre in suggestive poses on front and inside pages. Dupre was known as "Kristen" in court documents accusing Spitzer of paying thousands for prostitutes' services.

The very same pictures she published to the web for all to see?

Her attorney, Don D. Buchwald, said she did not consent to the use of her photos in this manner, and the usage may be a violation of federal copyright laws. He said the photos have appeared on commercial Web sites without her consent.

Ok, maybe I do need to don a black robe, because I would love to make this guy squirm under my questioning. "Do tell,counselor. Why, exactly, does she expect to retain the right of consent to something she herself published for public viewing? Think carefully, and speak slowly, counselor."

Buchwald stopped short of saying Dupre would sue media outlets, but he contended that she is not a public figure and said he would take "all steps that we deem necessary or appropriate to protect Ms. Dupre from any unwarranted exploitation of her name, picture, voice or likeness for purposes of profit."

Because it would be a VERY difficult case to make. Screwing a public official for profit doesn't make you a public figure, but getting caught doing so does, and it is a very likely result of her unfortunate career choice. Weak argument, counselor. As for exploitation for profit, I she is not new to the concept. Methinks she is bitching for not getting a cut. I'm sure she can rectify that with the Penthouse spread. (I didn't intend the double entendre, it just came out that way.)

He did not specify the publications to which he was referring. The New York Post ran four photos Friday in which Dupre, topless, barely covers her breasts, as well as two other images of her scantily clad. The pictures, credited in the paper to Wesley Mann at Contact Press Images, have become an Internet sensation. The Post had no comment on Buchwald's statement.

Because to comment would be to lend credibility. The press isn't stupid, just delusional. Besides, the main purpose for taking a photo is for it to be seen.

The Daily News of New York also published a photo in which Dupre appears to be topless, but it wasn't clear where the image came from. The Daily News did not return calls seeking comment Friday.

Other media outlets, including The New York Times and The Associated Press, published other images that were from Dupre's MySpace page. The AP distributed three of those images, in one of which she is wearing a bikini, and issued a disclaimer authorizing the use of the photos only with reports or commentary on the Spitzer scandal. The photos were also restricted from commercial sale.

Because newspapers are KNOWN for making enormous profits from selling photos that they did not take themselves. Please, a little more posturing. That was almost believable.

"The Associated Press discussed the photos obtained from the MySpace page in great detail and found that they were newsworthy," said Associated Press National Photo Editor V.W. Vaughan. "We distributed the photos that were relevant to the story. Those photos did not show nudity, nor were they explicit."

"Besides" stated a woody-sporting copy boy "she's hot. Why wouldn't we publish it?"

The Times did not return calls seeking comment.

Pinchy Solzberger was...pinching. A few more scandals like this might actually save his tarnished rag.

Governor steps down
Spitzer resigned earlier this week amid the prostitution scandal. The married father of three teenage girls was accused of spending tens of thousands of dollars on prostitutes — including a tryst with the call girl "Kristen" in Washington the night before Valentine's Day. Lt. Gov. David Paterson is taking his place on Monday.

Buchwald said the montage of Dupre's suggestive photos has nothing to do with the Spitzer story.

Yeah, because no one is curious to see who was worth losing a kingdom over.

"While the circumstances surrounding Governor Spitzer's resignation are newsworthy, some publications, in violation of journalistic norms, have used the occasion of Gov. Spitzer's political misfortunes as an excuse to exploit Ms. Dupre's persona for commercial purposes," he said.

Buzzt! Bullshit flag, 35 yard penalty and loss of down. Journalistic norms aren't that much different than those of prostitutes. What gets ya paid with the least effort.