I never thought I would see Nadya Suleman in the pages of The New York Times. I guess somewhere in my head I thought the only time I would see her in there would be looking at the tv guide listings. Well, not only is Nadya Suleman in the pages of New York Times Magazine, I think she is also their cover and there is a huge article about her and they sent a reporter to her house and it just goes on and on.
You have to read this article. It is really long but the reporter was there while the television crew was there and so you get this slice of reality television.
"McLeod and Campbell began with Jonah, the octuplet with the cleft lip. The moment he was placed on the inclined board, he began to squirm and slide downward. Then he started to cry. McLeod began shooting. But a kid turning away from the camera, crying and sliding out of frame? Not so hot. The grown-ups looked pained. A strip of Velcro was attached to the board, and Jonah remounted. It helped. For a few seconds. It was hard to know whether the shot would be good enough, but the show had to go on.
Nariyah came next, a willing and even performer, looking up and smiling as if on cue. She was followed by pure pain. Jeremiah, swaddled in blue, was something of a wiggler. Evidently, he was having a hard time connecting with what a Method actor would call his motivation. He began to cry. Violently. Isaiah, the next, was equally dispiriting, and on it went. One by one, each baby was placed on the slippery, uncomfortable board, secured — or not so much — with the Velcro swatch and filmed. One by one, the babies cried.
The exertions of the grown-ups became more and more strained. As each crying baby failed to love the camera, Campbell, McLeod and Suleman gathered around the lens, each time imploring the baby to look up, even if just for two seconds."
Nady Suleman says she hates doing it but it is the only way to make enough money to take care of her kids. The reporter seems to sympathize with her decision, but also seems determined to bring us every last gritty detail involved in filming 8 kids. The other six kids are generally ignored.