"For This Brood, It's Chaos Times 8"

A recent article in the Washington Post.

So much of the article is pure propaganda; one glaring example:
Like real-life couples, the Gosselins can be snarky and impatient with each other, although they summon impressive reserves of patience and understanding when dealing with their children.

66 comments:

Anonymous said...

Like real-life couples...

This is the line that spoke to me, in other words, they aren't really a real-life couple...hmmmmm. I would have to agree, nothing about their lives seem to be like real-life people anymore.

Not a Hater said...

I thought it was a rather good article. I love the picture -- the sextuplets are starting to look really big, more like kids than babies. Besides the sentence quoted, I think the article did a good job of letting US be the deciders of how Jon and Kate are handling their children. It spoke about how they get compliments, but also about how they get criticisms for their bickering. It was also refreshing to finally learn that they are definitely going to be going to preschool, rather than being homeschooled, which was a popular rumor.

Anonymous said...

So apparently Jon is working as a Systems Engineer? That's quite impressive considering he has no college degree.

Anonymous said...

What is propaganda about the quote? You might not like it, but a lot of couples are snarky and impatient with each other. And I agree, except for a few times, they are pretty patient with the kids. Kate has had a couple of blow outs (gumgate etc.), but commentors on this site acknowledge that they too have behaved similarly. I think the quote is a fair representation of the family.

Beverly said...

Good grief! I left a long dissertation about this - the mainstream media needs to wake up and truly look into this whole sham of a family.

MommySusan1 said...

"Every week viewers observe the couple working through the logistical, FINANCIAL and emotional problems inherent in caring for their unexpectedly large brood, which is the result of fertility treatments." That statement hit me the hardest out of all of them- What financial problems???? A nice house, new matching clothes for everyone, nanny, chef, yard care, no job for either husband or wife! I am a stay at home mom and we are really blessed to live a comfortable life, but there are also a lot of things we just can't do because of money. No one could watch this show and learn anything about finances.

FIONA said...

WOW, just WOW!

How can a journalist write something that is obviously not been researched at all?

Aren't reporters obligated to research and report the facts?

All she did was hurt the kids. You know the sheeple who read, will look at that article and say, "see, even the WP says the family is fine".

That was destructive and inaccurate reporting.

I let my feelings be know.

Thank-you Serena, again, for getting this information to us.

Paige said...

My impression is that this article is a press release, printed verbatim. It is the COVER STORY on The Washington Post TV guide for the week of Aug. 3 - 9.

The byline says "By Sandra G. Boodman, Special to The Washington Post."

I suspect that Ms. Boodman actually works for Jon and Kate's PR firm and getting this "article" published is a real feather in her cap!

Just one week ago, The Washington Post published a front page article (Section A) about how reality shows exploit children! This is a true example of "the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing."

If Ms. Boodman DOES indeed work for The Washington Post, it's mind-blowing that the "author" did not research any of the information in the public relations handout. Just printed it as is. Lord knows where else it is being published. However, I truly believe that Sandra G. Boodman is an employee of Jon & Kate's PR firm.

I have responded to the author -- but I now realize that the responses need to be sent directly to The Washington Post. (I'm sich about the time I wasted writing to Ms. Boodman. She must be having a good laugh.) I am having a difficult time finding an address to write directly to any editor of The Washington Post. If anyone can enlighten us, please do.

Anonymous said...

Paige,
I did some checking at it appears that Ms. Boodman is employed by the Washington Post as a health reporter and has been there at least 8 years. I don't think she is employed by Kon's PR firm. Check her name thru Google and you'll see what I mean.

iluveeyore said...

I'd like to repeat. The "author" is NOT a journalist... hence/thus, the mind-blowing assertions.

This was a press handout that has been published verbatim.

Many years ago, I would write stuff like that. Once it actually backfired on me. I researched and wrote a real article. The magazine printed it WITHOUT a byline, thinking it was a press release.

We MUST write to The Washington Post and point out the error of their ways.

iluveeyore said...

This is the best I can do right now. Deborah Howell is the ombudsman for The Washington Post. That is the go-between for the readers and the newspaper. Go to this site to write to her:

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/staff/email/deborah+howell/

renee said...

I'm not one of the snarky or articulate posters so all I'm going to say is that article was PURE BULLSHIT. I am appalled.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, the kids look so sad in that picture...

moi said...

Quote: I truly believe that Sandra G. Boodman is an employee of Jon & Kate's PR firm.

A Google search for "Sandra G. Boodman" proves she is a writer for the Post.

And a clueless one, at that, apparently.

Breanna said...

I hate the picture. None of the kids look happy.

Anonymous said...

From the Washington Post article:
'The goal is to show the world that this job is hard -- a lot harder than Jon and I ever imagined," Gosselin said.'
This JOB??? What job? The responsibility of raising your own children or the job of placating to the producers of TLC for the purpose of a reality tv show and maintaining the illusion to viewers that you are a 'typical working class family ?
If J & K's goal is to 'show the world that this job is hard'. How hard can 'this job' be with a staff of numerous hired help and volunteers, paid vacations and trips to amusement parks and the like , businesses accomodating them left and right with free clothing, services, and products, all expense paid vanity procedures, $25K per speaking engagement, etc.
These are the statements from J & K that make me furious and are the most insulting! Many of the pro J & K supporters suggest 'walking in J & K shoes' to get a real understanding of what its like. J & K need a good old fashioned dose of REALITY and try 'walking in the shoes' of the typical working class family. Those that REALLY know how 'hard this job is'!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/Jon-Kate-Plus-8.html?show=adult

grapecrush said...

It's nice to see their PR person is actually doing something < /sarcasm >

Pure and utter damage control IMO.

iluveeyore said...

OK. Sandra G. Boodman works for The Washington Post.

Her email address would be:

boodmans@washpost.com

LizzieD said...

Clearly, the "writer" (I use that term loosely) has never seen the show...

I guess it is confirmed that we will see the whole clan in Hawaii for the wedding vow renewal.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice the only ones smiling in that picture are Jon and Kate???

Poor kids. :( Wonder how long that photo shoot took...

minxie said...

I did notice that the kids were ALL unsmiling and solemn. All eight of them. They probably think, just another photo session. But of course J & K have their usual shit-eating grins, trying to sell their cheery fakery to the highest bidder. And of course Kate is holding a girl--does she ever hold a boy for the camera?

The article is just--beyond words. The description of the show bears no resemblance to the hostile, manipulative exploitation-fest that is JK8.

I really don't know how much longer I can watch these two. As much as I love the kids, those parents--both of them--are sickening.

Anonymous said...

I agree. The description in the Washington Post article in no way remotely resembles what is actually portrayed of this family on their so called reality show. I dont think J & K would recognize the TRUTH if it smacked them in their newly whitened teeth !!!

my9cats said...

"Like real-life couples, the Gosselins can be snarky and impatient with each other, although they summon impressive reserves of patience and understanding when dealing with their children."

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.
Sorry...couldn't contain myself. Oh God my side hurts from laughing!!! And they write this with a straight face????

Anna said...

That picture is so sad! The kids look like they are being forced to eat spinach, not having fun with Mom and Dad.

Clearly the writer has never watched a show, or was only shown "the best of" by the producers.

It must be nice for a "struggling" family to have their own personal PR person to right all their wrongs. *rolls eyes*

sugarjay said...

It's funny that Jon is supposedly a systems engineer this week. Maybe every day when he goes into the closet to 'work' on his computer he thinks up something new to be. I think next he should try being a pirate or an astronaut.

Lipstick Girl said...

I just caame from reading the article from the Washington Post. The comments that GWOP is a hate blog is totally ridiculous.

fvr4mvp said...

Wow! All I can say is that Jon's free hair transplant seems to be working.

Anonymous said...

To Anon 11:11

As a SAHM, I'm slightly offended that you don't consider raising a family and keeping a home a job. Granted we still don't get paid- but we also don't get to leave the job site for the night, we don't get benefit's, and we never get a thanx....

Thanks alot. :P

laura linger said...

I'm fed up with the assertion that Lord and Lady Gosselin's marriage is "typical," "healthy," and "real-life."

Well, then color my spouse and me atypical, unhealthy and not of this supposed real life. And I'm proud of that, and I will continue in that vein with my husband.

If the Gosselin marriage is so typical, perhaps that is why we have over 50% of our marriages ending in divorce here in the United States.

Anna said...

Anon 4:48 I agree, a SAHM is the hardest job that you can have...I know first hand. I'm a SAHM. I am officially "unemployed" in the sense that I don't receive a paycheck and thus live off my husbands paycheck.

I don't think the other poster was trying to put you or me down in any way.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure where to put this comment but I currently work very close to the Strasburg RR and I know for a fact it is extremely pricey to go to the "day out with Thomas" activity. I believe it can be close to $40 a ticket for the day...

Breanna said...

anon 5:21, it looks like tickets are $18-25. http://www.strasburgrailroad.com/day-out-with-thomas.php
Isn't Thomas geared towards very young kids? Will the twins get anything out of this trip?

mplsloon said...

I think I posted this in the wrong area. I think I should have posted this here. Sorry.

I use to be a publicist. I can tell you that The Washington Post article was just a 'lazy' reporter. We use to send articles to magazines and newspapers all the time for our clients that were almost completely written for the reporter because we were just looking for the 'press coverage'. This is nothing new. Just keep in mind that a publicist probably sent out the article first. In fact when you start to see other articles about Jon & Kate, look for them to sound very similar. It's their publicists' job and an easy 'out' for a reporter to slack off on the job at the newspaper/magazine.

Anonymous said...

Jon's real occupation is a "how to work the systems" engineer.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is geared very much for the young children. There is a small train to ride, meet the "Characters", face painting, etc. I would imagine the twins would be a bit old for it.

$18-25 doesn't seem too bad, however in my opinion it is certainly not worth it. They just attach a "Thomas" to the original train and up the prices. And, that would be $200 + for their family.

Anonymous said...

If I am the anonymous in reference to this post,
"As a SAHM, I'm slightly offended that you don't consider raising a family and keeping a home a job."

My comment in response to the Washington Post article was not to offend or minimize the significance of the SAHM parent. My response was in the form of a question asking J & K specifically what JOB they were referring to in their statement, "our goal is to show the world that this job is hard".
I said:
This JOB??? What job? The responsibility of raising your own children or the job of placating to the producers of TLC for the purpose of a reality tv show and maintaining the illusion to viewers that you are a 'typical working class family ?
I went on to further say that if it is the goal of J & K to show how hard 'this job ' is as it relates to the responsibilities of raising a family, it seems unreasonable for viewers to relate or sympathize considering the fact that J & K have numerous hired help and volunteers, all expense paid vacations, businesses accomodating them with free clothing, services and are getting paid $25K for their speaking engagement. There was no reference in my response with respect to SAHM.
I hope I have clarified my opinion better in this response. I too, have been a SAHM for many years and would never doubt or minimize the hard work and dedication that goes in to the job of being a SAHM.

Anonymous said...

'Jon's real occupation is a "how to work the systems" engineer'

Let me be the first to nominate the above quote as comment of the week !

Sera said...

What upset me most about this photo, aside from the sloppy journalism and twisting of the truth, was the photo. The kids look so unhappy, especially Mady and Cara, they are hunched over seem uncomfortable. I reckon it's hard to get 8 kids to pose for a photo but even if they aren't all looking in the same direction, you'd think they could get them all smiling at least. Shame.

Thanks for the link!

Anonymous said...

Knew this was going to happen:
www.gosselinsdonotneedourpity.blogspot.com

I also just wanted to clarify something. As a nursing instructor in an RN program, I can assure you that all students receive education in pediatric health, both in the classroom and the clinical area. This is not something that varies from state to state, since all RN students are required to sit for a national licensing exam. Students in a Registered Nurse program aren't eligible to sit for their licensing exam unless they have fulfilled all educational requirements (including pediatric nursing) in whatever nursing school they attend.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a J&K+8 lover nor a hater, but no way no how will I be able to watch the wedding renewal thing. Ick Ick Ick

minxie said...

It's laughable that Jon (or their PR people) is calling himself a systems engineer. It's a highly specialized profession that often requires a graduate degree--diddling around in a closet to make a crappy outdated family website doesn't make you a systems engineer. More damage control a la Gosselin. I guess calling Jon an unambitious unemployed gofer would take some of the luster off the fairy tale.

Anonymous said...

Minxie said: It's laughable that Jon (or their PR people) is calling himself a systems engineer. It's a highly specialized profession that often requires a graduate degree--diddling around in a closet to make a crappy outdated family website doesn't make you a systems engineer.
------
Yes, damn right about that. In one article in the Reading Eagle from 2005, when the tuplets were born, J was referred to as "Director of IT." He was working in a hotel when they met
(1997) and was working retail in 1999 when they got married (he was only 22 years old and has no degree - not even an associates! Wouldn't it be common sense that he try now to improve himself for when the gravy train comes to a screeching halt? He could take advantage of this time to take classes or get an associates - then he would have a marketable skill when the times comes (and it will come). And he has deliberately not updated the website to reflect that the tups are now four years old - they want people to believe the tups are still toddlers. Really, when this circus is over, what will Jon-boy do? Retail barely supports oneself - let alone a family of ten. And Kate?? Going back to work as a nurse after being a "celebrity?" They are both riding for a fall - and a very big one.

Jennifer said...

Anonymous said...
Knew this was going to happen:
www.gosselinsdonotneedourpity.blogspot.com



That site has been around for about a month or so...

Anonymous said...

Oh for the love of God, if Jon is a systems engineer, then I am Elvis, reincarnated!!

Anonymous said...

If you read between the lines, this article isn't all positive. But I'm sure it was done to dispel all of the truth that's been said about them recently.

my9cats said...

Anonymous said...
'Jon's real occupation is a "how to work the systems" engineer'

Let me be the first to nominate the above quote as comment of the week !

August 3, 2008 6:57 PM

Damn. You beat me to it.
Wonderful comment,
Definately a nominee

tallulah said...

I thought the picture was just fine. Ten grinning monkeys isn't what everyone wants to see, and this picture only has TWO. Nobody is crying, Mady isn't scowling, all the kids are just looking relaxed. The article, however, was majorly bad.

renee said...

'Jon's real occupation is a "how to work the systems" engineer'

Let me be the first to nominate the above quote as comment of the week!


I concur!!!

Serena said...

Well, that makes FOUR comments nominated as Comment of the Week. The nominated comments will be posted for voting tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, so if you have any more to nominate now is the time!

Anonymous said...

I am wondering? Did J & K officially approve what was written in the Washington Post article and were the quotes used with their permission? According to J & K, nothing you read on the internet or in print is true unless approved by them. From what I read in the article, there appeared to be various inconsistencies and 'untruths'.

Anonymous said...

Tallulah--
If you can read body language....the children are not just looking relaxed.
They look unhappy and forced into a photo shoot.

Beverly said...

Whoops... looks like the Washington Post decided to disable the comments section on the article.... maybe they will see that their writer was LAZY and they should be INVESTIGATING the Gosselins instead of praising them from a press release.

carrie said...

From the article: "Executive producer Wendy Douglas". Does this mean Jen has been replaced? I just reviewed an old episode on TiVo and there is no mention of a Wendy in the credits.

I know Figure8 is working on the Harris family special so maybe Jen jumped ship! It has not sounded like her voice asking questions for a few weeks now.

Man, Kon really does drive EVERYONE away, don't they?

Anonymous said...

Wendy Douglas has been listed as an Executive Producer with Discover Chanel and J&K plus 8 for over a year from what I can tell.

tallulah said...

"Tallulah--
If you can read body language....the children are not just looking relaxed.
They look unhappy and forced into a photo shoot."

On that subject, I bet all those kids are sick and tired of cameras and photoshoots. All except MADY, that is.... she seems to enjoy the cameras/attention more than the others.

Anonymous said...

Jen Stocks is the producer. This means she is the "hands-on" person for everything on site (i.e. chez Gosselin). She is the "little cheese" in Elizabethtown and Wendy is the "big cheese" at TLC/Discovery. Jen probably reports to Wendy. Wendy is just as culpable as Jen and Figure 8.

Anonymous said...

" Whoops... looks like the Washington Post decided to disable the comments section on the article.... maybe they will see that their writer was LAZY and they should be INVESTIGATING the Gosselins instead of praising them from a press release."


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renee said...

On that subject, I bet all those kids are sick and tired of cameras and photoshoots. All except MADY, that is.... she seems to enjoy the cameras/attention more than the others.

Mady seems the most miserable to me. IMO she doesn't look like she enjoys any aspect of being on the show.

xsandlapper said...

Chaos x 8? In what universe is having a child chaos?

Anonymous said...

I also have to wonder - why all the snark all over the place about homeschooling? I homeschool 3 kids (dd7 and twin ds4, the same age as the Gosselin kids, and if I had 2 of the oldest and 6 of the youngest I'd go nuts) and they are lovely, social and happy kids....or is it just the thought of Kate homeschooling? That would be, um, not so good, since you can't teach reading from your plastic chair.

Renee said...

Chaos x 8? In what universe is having a child chaos?

The Gosselin Universe.

I also have to wonder - why all the snark all over the place about homeschooling?

I think your assessment that it is KATE homeschooling that scares everyone a bit. She doesn't appear the be the sharpest Crayola crayon in the box and she has no patience... Recipe for disaster.

Anonymous said...

I know that I would never spend a dime on that book they have coming out.
Also, after you complete your book, you are expected to do a "book tour" to promote it.
This should be interesting as the co-authors tour and talk about their friendship and their collaboration on the book. LOL

alana said...

"THIS IS YOUR LIFE, KON..."

RE: PARADISE WEDDING RE-DO

WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF SOMEONE (LIKE JEN, OF TLC) PUT TOGETHER A REAL SURPRISE WEDDING GIFT FOR KON AND THE KIDS AND PULLED "AN OPRAH"?

PICTURE THIS:

As Kate reaches the end of the aisle (with the Hawaiian Wedding Song blasting off-key in the background, played by Mady on the violin and Cara on the Baby Grand piano), she takes Jon's icky hand and they turn to face their adoring public - all 2 of them.

But wait! Somehow 100 chairs have magically appeared on both sides of the aisle as Kate-lost-in-Kate was taking her walk, stopping every few steps to bark disappointment at Mady and Cara's performance, "I told you it's not worth doing unless you're gonna do it PERFECT." "PerfectLY", hisses Jon, loud enough for Kate to hear.

As Kate smooths down her newly frosted hair (Damn this humidity. WHY didn't SOMEONE TELL ME?) and Jon rolls his eyes while crossing his arms ("I win! I win!), they begin to notice, sitting in the 200 chairs, some real familiar faces!

Why, it's Aunt Jody and Kevin, and Beth and Bob, and Jon's "100% Korean" grandmother, and mom with Kate's sisters and her other brother, and all of Jon's father's former patients, Aunt Jody's sister with her kids, all sorts of aunties and uncles...Why, even some of the neighbors came!

The children are dancing with genuine happiness, running from their strollers to meet their family at long last...

Kate turns to Jon to rescue her, to "offer his help" like a good husband does...but Jon is dancing in the aisle with his grandmother.

Kate turns to the minister who is officiating FOR FREE; the least he could do is offer her a kind word as her life is unravelling, one relative at a time.

"DAD!" WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?!!!



Aloha nui loa from ALANA!!!

Anonymous said...

Sigh... The picture included with this article makes me want to cry. All the kids look miserable, and Jon and Kate... oblivious.

Anonymous said...

I'm finding it surprising that comments here suggest that people are surprised that this blog is critical of the Gosselins. From what I've read, there is nothing but criticism here.