Monday, May 24, 2010

Washington Post's Outrageous Coverage Of Kagan Nomination

Wapo's editors can't bring themselves to have their regular reporters traffic the rumors about Elena Kagan's sexuality, so they assign that duty to their fashion editor instead-- in a despicable article headlined (no joke), "Elena Kagan goes on Supreme Court confirmation offensive in drab D.C. clothes"  Quote:
But Kagan took the anti-style offensive several steps further. She put on rouge and lipstick for the formal White House announcement of her nomination, but mostly she embraced dowdy as a mark of brainpower. She walked with authority and stood up straight during her visits to the Hill, but once seated and settled during audiences with senators, she didn't bother maintaining an image of poised perfection. She sat hunched over. She sat with her legs ajar.
The article then proceeds to use code words to ease its way into the issue of Kagan sexuality:
In the photographs of Kagan sitting and chatting in various Capitol Hill offices, she doesn't appear to ever cross her legs . . . She does not cross her legs at the ankles either, the way so many older women do.
About two-thirds into the article, the reporter finally comes clean about the sexuality issue-- practically admitting that their reporting is only based on 50's-era stereotypes:
For Kagan, that means folks are using fashion as a limited tool for making sense of her sexual orientation (Well, she's 50, a bit plain and never married!)

Absolutely disgraceful.

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