Carla and Sarko on holiday in Egypt. [Source: guano]
You know a juicy story has jumped the shark when NPR devotes a think piece to it. Scott Simon weighs in on the Carla-Sarko affair with a cheesy shtick delivered with a faux French accent worse even than my Maurice Chevalier in Gigi impersonation. Here’s the blurb:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been publicly canoodling with model and singer Carla Bruni, scandalizing the French media. Scott Simon reflects on the personal and political implications of the relationship.
On another front in the same attention wars, Simon interviews Portfolio magazine’s Duff McDonald on the Britney-Industrial Complex. Yep, Britney Spears isn’t just a pop icon and tabloid queen. She’s a major economic engine who can stir the animal spirits, as John Maynard Keynes would say, and stimulate us back from the brink of recession.