The XX Factor

Barbara Walters Is Fascinated by Women Married to Jerks

How does Barbara Walters define “fascinating”? Apparently 20 percent of what makes a woman compelling is having been cheated on. There is no other explanation for why Kate Gosselin and Jenny Sanford are on Walters’ list of the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 . Sure, include one of the tabloid queens, but both of them? I could even understand including Gosselin-America really was obsessed with the fate of her marriage and her eight children. But Sanford? As far as I can see, the most fascinating thing about her was something she did not do: Show up and stand next to her husband as he yammered on about hiking the Appalachian Trail. Being publicly cheated on does not automatically make you an interesting person, much less interesting enough to appear on one of these silly lists.

When Sarah Palin is far and away the most accomplished woman on your list of 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009, you’ve got problems.