I can only think of two periods when newspapers actually displayed any collective sense of fun. There was the 1920s and ’30s era of Hearst, Mencken, and the “yellow journalism” encapsulated in films like The Front Page and His Girl Friday. And the New Journalism of the 1960s, when Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Hunter S. Thompson and others temporarily revolutionized the style and tone of feature writing. Other than that, for the last 50 or 60 years, it’s been mostly a combination of just-the-facts-ma’am AP wire service reporting, and the increasingly grisly sort of “liberal” partisan snark on display this past week in the New York Times and the Washington Post.
At least the New York Post, whose owner has long been demonized as a Sith lord himself, had some fun at the end of the week:
So Mark Sanchez and Michelle Ryan are brother and sister? Who knew?!
More fun with the Jets here.