How to Recognize When Your Spy Story is Getting Tired

Today the Post combines the “shady academics” and “sexxxy ladiez” narratives by discussing a shady academic but showing pictures of a sexxxy lady. Columbia M.B.A. Cynthia Murphy is the focus of today’s coverage, but that’s no reason to keep Anna Chapman off the front page!

As Tom McGeveran notes on Capital: “‘Come read about this wonky spy lady,’ she seems to be whispering. ‘Because they don’t actually have anything to say about me today.'”

Besides, what bearing could intellectual life possibly have on international espionage?

At Columbia yesterday, classics major Leigh Gerber, 23, said the charges against Murphy are “so cool. It’s exciting.”

Pretty much none.