UPI Convicts Lynda Carter of Alcoholism

by The Discovering Alcoholic on July 5, 2008

Actress Lynda Carter at the NASDAQ in New York on October 24, 2007. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh/File)A United Press International (UPI) press release reads as if describing a modern witch trial with the headline “Lynda Carter Confesses to Alcoholism”. This story is just wrong in so many ways I have to wonder if it wasn’t actually written by a computer that rolls relevant data into so-called breaking news stories. Hopefully no flesh and blood (but obviously no heart) journalist has beclowned themself by writing such a thoughtless piece.

First of all, one confesses to a crime or a sin… not a disease. This headline is absolutely insulting and the first line of the story follows suit as if Mrs. Carter in revealing her addiction has committed some crime. It is written as if she should be very ashamed now that she has been convicted of alcoholism.

WASHINGTON, July 5 (UPI) — U.S. actress Lynda Carter of “Wonder Woman” fame has publicly admitted she is an alcoholic

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The other thing blatantly wrong about this story is that it’s not news at all. Just a few months ago I did a famous alcoholics feature on Mrs. Carter referencing her long term sobriety and very public interviews with Larry King in 2002 and the Washington Post in 2005.

So basically they have published a non-news, non-issue article in a very distasteful manner and present it as if this is some breaking story. How classy is that?

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