Conversely, Albuquerque Journal, which continues to masquerade as a news source, ran a cover article on Monday on a wealthy local businesswoman auctioning herself off on eBay. In the momentous “Mrs. Right, Dream Home Up for Bid,” we learn about Deborah Hale's woes as a middle-aged single who doesn't have time for the bar scene or internet dating. And in case you were wondering, the $600,000 Denver home that the 5'1”, 100-pound Hale comes with includes a tanning bed, hot tub and big-screen TV; but without a happy couple inside, it's just not complete. Sigh. I won't even begin to comment on their application of Mastercard's “priceless” slogan in the article's first sentence.
Aside from the fact that auctioning yourself off on eBay seems just a little bit desperate if not completely absurd, this story may have deserved a spot, snuck in somewhere between “Dear Abby” and the horoscopes, but the fact that the Journal deemed this to be front-page news is appalling. Furthermore, printing measurements and material assets on the cover of a newspaper verges on obscene. It's something that Albuquerque The Magazine had the decency not to do.
In a shameless attempt to entertain, versus inform, what the Journal fails to recognize is that dating is not news.