Three things Carrie Bradshaw taught us about journalism (that were wrong)

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Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to the role of journalist in a new series, Molly Eichel reported Wednesday for Philly.com.

“Busted,” the memoir from the Daily News’ own Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman based on their experiences writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning series “Tainted Justice,” has been optioned for a television series from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment with Sarah Jessica Parker attached to star. The show will be co-produced by Anonymous Content, the company behind the much-buzzed about “True Detective.”

For those of us who spent six years watching Parker write and smoke and write some more, here are three things she’s taught us about journalism that were just wrong.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Kirsten Davis on The Sex in The City 2 set in New York, Thursday September 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Donald Traill)

Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis on Sex And The City 2 set in New York, Thursday September 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Donald Traill)

1. Questions in stories work. Use them a lot. Right?

Parker’s NYC writer character Carrie Bradshaw inserted lots of questions into the show (and we assume her column) via her keyboard. In January, Tabatha Leggett ranked 92 of them for BuzzFeed. Most of us try and answer questions after we ask them, but they were her thing, (I’m not saying brand.) And she got a few book deals and that temporary move to Paris, so it kind of worked. For her. On that fictional show.

2. Pricey shoes are important if you write a sex column from home.

In May, Jill Knapp wrote a piece for Huffington Post entitled “6 Reasons Why Carrie Bradshaw Should Not Be Your Role Model,” Knapp includes this Carrie quote.

4. “I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!”- Carrie

I think this one is pretty self explanatory.

Agreed. Moving on.

3. As a sex columnist, publicly dating a politician won’t have consequences for either of you.

Cosmopolitan ranked Carrie’s boyfriends, and the politician ranked eight of 18, just behind the musician and just above the recovering alcoholic. Seems about right.

I’m not even going to ask if Carrie Bradshaw taught you anything about journalism. She certainly didn’t teach me much, other than, perhaps, I need to be friends with a PR person, a curator and a lawyer if I want to maintain her lifestyle.

Correction: The caption in a previous version of this post misspelled Kristin Davis’ name and the name of a film.

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  • Tim Schreier

    Who gave Poynter the grant to work on this piece?

  • Cheryl-Anne Millsap

    Just a year or so ago the young woman in the seat next to me on a flight from Germany was moving to New York City. She didn’t have a job but she told me she loved to write and, of course, she loved fashion. “Something like Carrie Bradshaw, I think,” is the best she could come up with.
    I looked at her a long time and then said, “You do know Carrie Bradshaw wasn’t a real person, don’t you? Her life was impossible. If you try to be her you’re going to starve.”

  • A. Brennan

    I’m pretty sure she says in the show she’s a writer (repeatedly), not a journalist. I’m not sure where that leaves this piece of criticism.

    There are a million things that are wrong with the show, and the shoe thing is certainly one of them. But she’s not writing about nuclear fission here, it’s sex AND it’s fiction. Maybe try criticizing the Newsroom which claims to have figured out Deep Water Horizon in a day. They actually say they are journalists…and they spend time skyping with their girl friends from opposing news organizations on election night???

    Regardless, the bigger question that you really should ask if you’re writing this under the guise that she’s a journalist and not a writer is how on earth she kept any friends or relationships going while she was publishing her column, writing explicitly about her friends’ private lives and her own sex life. Those would be her sources…and if she’s a journalist, isn’t that a conflict of interest: sleeping with them, taking down payments for her apartment from them, etc?

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