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July 23rd, 2007

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12:12 pm - and so it goes
I try to respect the Washington Post, as much as I respect any corporate bastion of the news media, and I have on occasion even gleaned useful information from their offerings. When I was a Fed, I followed In The Loop and the like rather regularly. It is a news organ associated with some impressive historical issues and reporting.

Then they decide to run an in-depth expose of -- Hillary Clinton's neckline. Yes, it was in the fashion section, under Arts & Living. What gets me is the whole exercise is essentially: Look! Boobies! News Flash: this Clinton has breasts! OMFG!!1!! Truth to tell, if I'd just seen the photo run with a regular news story about actual news - like the speech on education she was making - I doubt I would have noticed. Clearly my subscription to Vogue has done me no good at all.

I'm beyond hoping the fashion discussions and the political discussions can be separated. There are plenty of people interested in what women in power wear - see Vogue above. There's a huge industry deeply fascinated and profoundly moved by things like what boots Condoleeza Rice wore yesterday. I wish the men's clothing got such a thorough analysis, though:
At the press conference today President George W. Bush wore his signature rigidly pressed suit, quietly accessorized with his alma mater's tie, signaling his continued unwillingness to reconsider or compromise. Crispness is common in men's couture, but Bush as usual has nailed down one end of the spectrum for his own. Like his policy, his wardrobe seems cast in stone. Oh well.

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Date:July 23rd, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
I remember a Doonesbury strip to this effect sometime in the 1970s. Oh, how far we've come.
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Date:July 24th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)

Here's one

CNN about the fashion choices of male political figures.

The senator was in New Hampshire over the weekend, sporting what's getting to be the classic Obama look. Call it business casual, a jacket, a collared shirt, but no tie. <..> But, in the case of Obama, he may be walking around with a sartorial time bomb. Ask yourself, is there any other major public figure who dresses the way he does? Why, yes. It is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who, unlike most of his predecessors, seems to have skipped through enough copies of "GQ" to find the jacket-and-no-tie look agreeable.
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Date:July 24th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Here's one

"Sartorial time bomb" - if it wasn't one more subtle Iran==bombers link, I'd really like that phrase. Thanks for the pointer!
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Date:July 25th, 2007 10:48 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest leaving this as a comment, or sending it to the Post. But after reading the comments, the author got reamed left and right, page after page by commenters.

The headline for this article should have read, "Woman has breasts".

This wins the award as the most inconsequential article ever.

This has to be the most vacuous waste of column space ever conceived, even by WaPo standards.

...and in other news, did anyone check out the unit on Edwards!!??
Please Robin, get a life.

Ms. Givhan,
You are in serious need of adult supervision. This is an insulting and puerile article. Cleavage and zippers and unbuttoned shirts - this is the level of serious coverage of people who are bidding to run a country not only at war but in the middle of a constitutional crisis? Where is your judgment?
Where is your editor?

It goes on like this for 50 whole pages.
So the good news is that sometimes crap gets nailed as crap.

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