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* AnAesop: Making up rumors and lies about others can hurt their feelings and their reputations.


* KarmaHoudini: Featherweight doesn't get any flak for the embarrassing photos he took of others. In fact, he gets promoted in the end. Presumably he was JustFollowingOrders, but the episode never makes that clear.

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* KarmaHoudini: Featherweight doesn't get any flak for the embarrassing photos he took of others. In fact, he gets promoted in the end. Presumably he was JustFollowingOrders, but the episode never makes that clear.clear... in fact he never seems anything less than cheerful and eager to do his job at any point.


* BigDamnHeroes: Diamond Tiara is about to make good on her blackmail threat (see below) if Miss Cheerilee had not intervened in time to fire her.

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* BigDamnHeroes: Diamond Tiara is about to make good on her blackmail threat (see below) if Miss Cheerilee had not intervened in time to fire her.


* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Diamond Tiara does not take kindly to the CMC quitting and promises to make good on her blackmail.


* SoreLoser: Diamond Tiara.

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* %%* SoreLoser: Diamond Tiara.

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* BigDamnHeroes: Diamond Tiara is about to make good on her blackmail threat (see below) if Miss Cheerilee had not intervened in time to fire her.


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* DrunkWithPower: Diamond Tiara really takes her editing duties ''very'' seriously -- and resorts to bullying tactics to keep her position.


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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Diamond Tiara does not take kindly to the CMC quitting and promises to make good on her blackmail.


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* NearVillainVictory: Diamond Tiara comes close to issuing the embarrassing photos of the CMC as retaliation for their quitting -- right at the moment Miss Cheerilee intervenes to fire her as editor.


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* SoreLoser: Diamond Tiara.


* WelcomeBackTraitor: See EasilyForgiven above for details.


** Twilight starts out as one when she questions Gabby Gums' ethics during the first spa scene, but derails from it when she harshly rejects the Cutie Mark Crusaders once their secret somehow gets out.


* {{Hypocrite}}: The citizens of Ponyville enjoyed reading about the gossip that was spread about each others, but when ''they'' were gossiped about, they got angry.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: The citizens of Ponyville enjoyed reading about the Reading gossip that was spread about each others, but when ''they'' were gossiped about, they got angry.other ponies? A-OK. Discovering gossip about ''you?'' '''''"I'LL DESTROY HER!"'''''


* {{Intrepid Reporter}}s: The CMC become this and start investigating everyone's personal lives.

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* {{Intrepid Reporter}}s: IntrepidReporter: The CMC become this and start investigating everyone's personal lives.lives. However, they quickly devolve into {{Paparazzi}}.



* NeverSayDie: When Rarity finds out she's in the Foal Free Press, she threatens to destroy Sweetie Belle.

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* NeverSayDie: When Rarity finds out she's in the Foal Free Press, she threatens to destroy Sweetie Belle.Gabby Gums. It's justified here since writing libel about somepony doesn't justify resorting to murder.


* ArtEvolution: Of the positive type. Just like [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero "Lesson Zero"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown "Putting Your Hoof Down"]], this episode pushes the boundaries in animation of the series to a new level, with more expressive faces, more dynamic animation and incredible background sounds.

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* ArtEvolution: Of the positive type. Just like [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero "Lesson Zero"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown "Putting Your Hoof Down"]], this episode pushes the boundaries in animation of the series to a new level, with more expressive faces, more dynamic animation and incredible background sounds.



* {{Bishonen}}: Though Featherweight doesn't speak, his unusual character design makes him look very similar to that of a filly's.


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* PrettyBoy: Though Featherweight doesn't speak, his unusual character design makes him look very similar to that of a filly's.

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* EvenTheDogIsAshamed: Or rabbit. When the CMC go to Fluttershy's cottage, Angel just slams the door in their face, showing he's just as mad as everypony else.


** The episode's title is a shout out to the 1997 film LAConfidential.

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** The episode's title is a shout out to the 1997 film LAConfidential.''Literature/LAConfidential''.

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* {{Wingdinglish}}: The Foal Free Press has its font written in some sort of unusual Latin gibberish.


** Diamond Tiara's management style is straight out of the [[Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} J. Jonah Jameson]] school of editorialism.

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** Diamond Tiara's management style is straight out of the [[Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} [[Franchise/SpiderMan J. Jonah Jameson]] school of editorialism.

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