Jim Romenesko at Poynter's Medianews posted a morning memo from the Los Angeles assistant bureau chief of the Associated Press:
From: Baker, Frank S.
Sent: Tue 1/8/2008 11:58 AM
To: News - Southern California Editorial Staff
Now and for the foreseeable future, virtually everything involving Britney is a big deal. That doesn't mean every rumor makes it on the wire. But it does mean that we want to pay attention to what others are reporting....
Wow, the AP really meant it. Check the date and time stamp on this very important breaking story:
Oops, now Britney's lost her car
1/8/2008, 8:54 p.m. CST
By JOHN ROGERS
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was just another night on the town Monday, and then another headline in the tabloids on Tuesday, for Britney Spears after the pop star had her car towed away....
John Rogers, you poor, poor bastard.