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

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

"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.

[caption id="attachment_256961" align="alignnone" width="460"]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)[/caption]

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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