Frank S. Baker, assistant chief of the Associated Press's Los Angeles Bureau has a memo for his staffers:
Now and for the foreseeable future, virtually everything involving Britney is a big deal. That doesn't mean every rumor makes it on the wire. But it does mean we want to pay attention to what others are reporting and seek to confirm those stories that WE feel warrant the wire. And when we determine that we'll write something, we must expedite it. Thanks.
What's interesting is that, as recently as October, Forbeswas reporting that Ms. Spears was no longer selling tabloids: