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Monday, July 30, 2012

Sarah Tressler's savvy Magna Cum Laude brain + taut stripper's body + self-evident journalism hypocrisy = Internet story that will not only NOT die, but which is being turned into a book. That will be a best-seller! Sarah will get the last laugh.


CNN video: Sarah Tressler is suing the Houston Chronicle for firing her as a reporter for not previously disclosing on employment form that she's also a former exotic dancer. May 11, 2012.
http://youtu.be/VK4jnXFER6U





In the future, perhaps women who used to be news reporters will be turned down for jobs because reporting is, as Renata Adler insinuated, essentially an immoral exercise, because telling a story is essentially, choosing which lie to share.
But for now, at least in Houston, it's newspapers who look down their noses at the Magna Cum Laude grads they hire as reporters who strip because the newspapers are so damn cheap.



CBS Houston

Angry Stripper Sarah Tressler Now Published Author
By James Hollingsworth, CBS Houston
July 27, 2012 1:58 PM

All Sarah Tressler ever wanted was to be a journalist, and now she’s the published author of Diary of an Angry Stripper.
Composed entirely of blog posts about her tales of moonlighting as an exotic dancer in Houston’s gentlemen’s clubs, Tressler’s tell-all book is receiving national attention after the Houston Chronicle fired her from her job as a high society reporter, and sparked a scandalous controversy for both her and the newspaper.
Read the rest of the post at:
http://houston.cbslocal.com/2012/07/27/angry-stripper-sarah-tressler-now-published-author/


As you might imagine with any story involving titillation, story-telling and beautiful women, the British news media are all over this story:


The Independent

Journalist Sarah Tressler is sacked after her secret life as a stripper is exposed
By Guy Adams
June 28, 2012
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/press/journalist-sarah-tressler-is-sacked-after-her-secret-life-as-a-stripper-is-exposed-7893589.html


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