February 13, 2004

Alex Polier! Alex Polier!

The newest horse in the Nick Denton stable is Wonkette, a DC-based politics blog. Yesterday, of course, it was Kerry Kerry Kerry, with nine different entries, a handful of updates, and sixteen different links, all about the Democratic front-runner's intern situation. Wonkette is probably quite right to print this stuff: it's what all of DC is talking about, after all.

Today, however, Wonkette's come over all coy. Remember how Fleshbot (another Denton site) ran pictures of Paris Hilton with a penis in her mouth, but wouldn't print her phone number? Well, today Wonkette walks the same road: she links to a Sun article naming the intern in question, but has decided not to print the name herself.

Since the link is the easiest thing in the world to click on, this is not a fig leaf preserving Wonkette's journalistic honour, so much as it is a silvery starburst calling extra attention to the object of fascination. In the immortal words of George Michael, Wonkette, if you're gonna do it, do it right.

Posted by Felix at 03:29 PM GMT

I saw this post over at Crooked Timber about two seconds ago, and I wonder if the girl singled out by the blogger in a photo is the same as Ms Polier...

It's interesting that everyone has identified Kerry's "Wild Irish Rose" as an intern, but they don't know where she interned- AP, Senate Office, campaign office. I'm hoping she was getting college credit for her political science work at Camelot.

Posted by: mike d on February 13, 2004 03:46 PM

Are you sure it's Alex Polier? Or are the parents blissfully naive? Or did nothing happen?

Posted by: Stefan on February 13, 2004 03:51 PM

Yes, it's definitely Alex Polier. Everybody has been trying to make something stand up for a while now, with no success. I guess we'll find out when the next issue of Time comes out whether they have any more.

Posted by: Felix on February 13, 2004 04:04 PM

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Posted by: John Byrne on February 14, 2004 07:24 PM

Oh yeah --- the link is www.rawstory.com.

Posted by: John Byrne on February 14, 2004 07:29 PM

and of course, alex polier (born in malvern, pa) is on friendster-


it goes without saying that it's most likely a hoax page.

Posted by: jake on February 15, 2004 03:58 AM

Felix, it would seem to me that the reason Wonkette refrains from naming names is that it is a profit-seeking publication, which therefore means that it should not alienate or otherwise offend its readership, or Nick Denton does not get the clickthroughs which are the purpose of Wonkiette.

I think Wonkette is correct in thinking that most of its readers, having been interns themselves at one point, would think it unseemly of Wonkette to name names, though of course, these readers being human, want to find out who it is, so a link to someone who names names is acceptable. Sort of like refusing to partake in the oppression of women by not paying for the porn one watches.

We at MemeFirst, on the other hand, are trying to minimize our readership, being the profit-minimizing institution that we are.

Posted by: Stefan Geens on February 15, 2004 03:30 PM

I don't have a clue whether or not this alleged affair story is truly credible or not, but Drudge is right about the fact that they (media) reported a alleged affair that the first President Bush was supposed to of had, so why not report this one. I mean, dead Ambassadors are really hard to verify information with, unless the media can contact the dead.

And with a father calling Kerry a sleazball, I think minimally it should be mentioned.


A petition to tell the media that we are smart enough to make up our own minds.

Posted by: Brad on February 16, 2004 01:26 PM

Sad, sad, sad.
Alex writes exceptionally well and has a huge work ethic. It is so very sad that she will not be known for her superior work,,,just as a bimbo in the news.

Posted by: mark on February 16, 2004 03:13 PM

Let it all out about Kerry. He is a ted kennedy liberal from Massachusetts. However, he was a playboy, and we should know all of the facts on this.

As usual, however, the liberal media has already crowned the winner as john kerry.

There has been something like this brewing for awhile now, and I say where there's smoke, there's fire!

Posted by: linda on February 16, 2004 04:52 PM

Sorry gossip lovers:

http://tinyurl.com/yu85wA statement released Monday by Alexandra Polier, who has been the subject of rumors linking her to Sen. John Kerry:

"For the last several days I have seen Internet and tabloid rumors relating to me and Senator John Kerry. Because these stories were false, I assumed the media would ignore them. It seems that efforts to peddle these lies continue, so I feel compelled to address them. I have never had a relationship with Senator Kerry, and the rumors in the press are completely false. Whoever is spreading these rumors and allegations does not know me, but should know the pain they have caused me and my family. I am in Kenya with my fiance visiting his family, and we ask that the press respect our privacy and leave all of us alone."

A statement by Terry and Donna Polier, the parents of Alexandra Polier:

"We have spoken to our daughter and the allegations that have been made regarding her are completely false and unsubstantiated. We love and support her 100 percent and these unfounded rumors are hurtful to our entire family. We appreciate the way Senator Kerry has handled the situation, and intend on voting for him for president of the United States."

Posted by: Hermit on February 16, 2004 07:26 PM

Has anyone asked the senator if he has met this lady?

Posted by: Peter Boland on February 17, 2004 02:43 AM

Well, good for the Democrats! Kerry, according to Polier isn't guilty, but the media is stinking of guilt. Unbiased, yes indeed; unbiased in Democratic support.

They reported rumors about George W. Bush officials sifting through Guard documents and getting rid of anything embarrassing, but forgot to report that the man in charge never saw that happen and had dinner that night with the man making those accusations, who never said a word about it. Nor have they reported to the same degree the man that came forward, who saw Bush in Ala. sitting in his office reading manuals.

It's disgusting. Alex's father HAD called Kerry a sleazeball, but they never reported it.

Posted by: Brad on February 17, 2004 07:36 AM

It ain't over till the fat lady sings.

Posted by: Ed on February 17, 2004 09:08 PM

Uh-oh, Ed, here comes Rosanne.

Posted by: Jame on February 18, 2004 01:19 AM

Another bimbo eruption forthcoming. This last was Democratic timing, the next...???

Posted by: Olderman on February 19, 2004 12:36 AM