Tricks of the Trade
“Another trick is to use the word ‘allegedly’ before any accusation. Another is to simply say ‘a source said’ and then accuse someone in the text. Another headline trick is to pretend you’re asking a question. These are all dirty little ruses to avoid lawsuits—which isn’t to say media outlets don’t get sued all the time. They do.”
Why are you doing this to me?
“A tabloid reporter went off-record with me one day. Someone amongst the many who had been ripping me up. I asked them, over the phone, ‘Why are you doing this to me?’
The answer was that people click on my name and it was simply a job for this particular reporter. It was business. Nothing personal. More clicks meant more money for that company and, maybe, that reporter.
So why do people click on those stories about me?”
45 or 100?
“I think it’s because they can’t get over the age difference between Amber and I. It’s shocking to them. Some of it, I’m sure, has to do with the demographic of Teen Mom viewers, who are generally younger. They’re wonderful, but they don’t understand.
If you’re nineteen, and you’re watching this show, your father might be younger than me. I just turned forty-five. Amber and I got together when I was forty-two. To the kids watching this show, I might as well be 100.”