Mar 19, 2014

Media briefs: ‘Jagger’s GF’ reports … King of Brisbane media …

L'Wren Scott was a talented and successful fashion designer, but media coverage of her death reduced her to nothing more than a rock star's girlfriend.

Man’s girlfriend found dead. Yesterday bought news fashion designer L’Wren Stott — who’d designed clothing for Michelle Obama, Madonna and countless other celebrities — died of an apparent suicide on Monday. But AP’s headline was simple: “Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L-Wren Scott found dead in NYC”. In its tweet on the news, The New York Times didn’t even mention her name. Local media, using wire copy, largely followed the lead. And a shocking piece from The Timesrepublished on The Age‘s website, described her in its title as “the only woman who could ever tame Mick Jagger” before taking us through the ageing rocker’s dating history.

There’s no doubt Scott’s 14-year relationship with Jagger is a lot of what makes her death newsworthy. But making him, and more appallingly, his dating life the focus of a piece published in the hours after her death is tacky at best. Mind you, being the subject isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Here’s how the British media reported his loss:

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