‘Real Sports’ Takes on ‘Real Housewives’ Salahis

HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” veered out of its lane a bit to offer an Aug. 17 story on Michaele and Tareq Salahi — the alleged White House party crashers featured on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of D.C.” Still, watching the piece about their adventures in polo only reinforced that these are some pretty shady characters who obviously weren’t vetted thoroughly, if at all.

Correspondent Bernard Goldberg — who still isn’t a bad reporter when he isn’t playing lap dog to Bill O’Reilly — didn’t advance the overall story a great deal, but he dug deep enough to reach the following
Gumbel08 conclusion: “This much is clear: The Salahis are facing a lot of legal action.”

That includes owing money to several vendors who have participated in their events, misrepresenting what was happening at some of those occasions, and the hilarious fact that Tareq had been “sued by his own mother for mismanaging the family winery.” The winery, in fact — which is referenced in “Real Housewives” as a going concern — has apparently been closed.

Frustrated by being asked about the White House dinner, Michaele walks off in the midst of the interview.

From all indications, the Salahis appear to have created a facade of wealth and success. If nothing else, warning flags should have gone off long before their by-now-notorious trip to the White House. And by letting the couple pass themselves off as something they’re not, Bravo — whatever its role in the gate-crashing episode — is allowing them to perpetuate those misrepresentations.

During the interview, the Salahis actually refer to themselves as “The ‘It’ Couple,” something, you suspect, no true “It” couple would need to do.

Bravo has a lot invested in the “Real Housewives” franchise, but as carefully massaged as all of them are, it seems obvious the term “real” has never been been less descriptive. At best, Bravo was snookered along with everyone else, but any way you slice it, everyone involved will be getting their just desserts when the “It” starts hitting the fan.

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