Not All Orzsag “Love Child” Coverage is Equal


News of Budget Director Peter Orzsag fathering a child with an ex-girlfriend hit in waves yesterday. Some outlets ran headlines that showed respect to President Obama’s adviser; others quickly turned tabloid.

WaPo’s Reliable Source gets the Polite Award. FoxDC displays the harshest style.

New York Post, 4:41 p.m.: White House budget director ditched pregnant girlfriend for ABC News gal

Politico’s Ben Smith, who called the news a “serious dent in the geeky image,” at 5:10 p.m.: N.Y. Post: Orszag ‘love child’

WaPo’s Reliable Sources, 5:38 p.m.: Peter Orszag, just engaged, acknowledges new baby with ex-girlfriend Claire Milonas

Washington Examiner, 6:25 p.m.: Peter Orszag love child! What?!

FoxDC, 6:38 p.m.: Budget Director Ditched Pregnant Fiancee

Politics Daily, posted 01/7/10: White House Budget Director Peter Orszag Has Love Child With Greek Heiress

Reporters on Twitter were more humorous on the matter:

Reason magazine’s Dave Weigel: We knew something was up with Orszag when he started talking about the “two Americas.”
WaPo’s Howard Kurtz: Friend says Orszag must have been carried away by the stimulus bill.

WaPo’s Reliable Source’s compassionate tweet: Life is complicated: Peter Orszag, newly engaged, acknowledges new baby by ex-girlfriend.