How is that supposedly respectable journalistic organs like the BBC and the Telegraph still can’t get it right? A couple of weeks ago, there was a great satire about a recent celebrity wedding involving an accomplished lawyer and an actor. Alas, it was satire, because the press still can’t help saying that George expletivedeleted Clooney’s wife is doing something interesting and important. Not that Amal Alamuddin is leading a new battle to return the parthenon marbles to Greece, but that The new wife of Hollywood star George Clooney, lawyer Amal Clooney, has had talks with Greek PM Antonis Samaras as part of a campaign to return the Parthenon sculptures from Britain.

Yes, that is the opening paragraph.

Nothing about her extensive accomplishments as a barrister, an activist, and human being in her own right. No, first she’s someone’s wife and then she’s off doing something as if her husband is the key to her accomplishing anything.

Much as I enjoyed Clooney in Ocean’s 11 and South Park, his CV doesn’t hold a candle to hers.

And the Telegraph is racing the BBC to scrape the bottom of the Daily Mail’s barrel: ‘Hollywood actor George Clooney’s new wife, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney, made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens…’ To the Telegraph’s credit, they manage discuss the topic at hand for four paragraphs before injecting: ‘Clooney, who married last month in a glitzy, star-studded wedding in Venice,’ as if that had anything to do with anything.

It’s damning with faint praise to indicate that neither the Telegraph nor the BBC mentioned her clothing. They left that to the Daily Mail which headed its story on the matter, ‘Hard at work! Amal Clooney looks elegant during Acropolis museum visit in Greece… ‘

I don’t consider that progress, however.