The sixth and eighth most popular items on the New York Daily News website this morning are a vivid reminder of both the P.T. Barnum aspect of attracting digital readers and proof that in the 24/7 trenches of the money-losing tabloid, journalists are still finding ways to amuse themselves.
Here’s the lede from Jacqueline Cutler’s item “Drink Your Own Urine in Cocktail Form:”
Tired of the same old cocktails? Urine luck.
And… here’s the lede from Joel Landau’s article “Mexican Man Says His 19-Inch Penis Is Too Large for Him to Work, Women Are Afraid of It:”
It takes a big man to admit he has a big problem with his penis.
Cutler’s item is a bit of a ruse, as it is tied to a tongue-in-cheek marketing campaign by a U.K. bathroom products retailer. But Landau’s item, dated Aug. 31, 2015, is the real enchilada, all about a 52-year-old Mexican man named Roberto Esquivel Cabrera.
Landau squeezes in a couple of relevant Brooklyn details and also manages to end it all with a reference to Al Pacino‘s famous Scarface turn. This is actually one of the last things the reporter wrote as a Daily News full-timer.
As far as which outlet quickly followed in early September with the first, “exclusive” online video of Cabrera, that would be TMZ.
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