Saturday, April 04, 2009

Michelle and Carla, a battle for the ages

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Seriously, it's hard to have much respect for the mainstream new media when you see headlines like these:

-- Telegraph: "Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in palace encounter"

-- The Guardian: "Michelle Obama's fashion face-off with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy"

-- Chicago Tribune: "Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni 'smackdown'"

Okay, the first two are British, and the sensationalism of the British press is hardly new, and, fine, the Guardian piece appeared in the "Fashion" section, but it's the American headline that is the worst of the three.

I realize that Barack and Michelle are American royalty, perhaps even more so than Brad and Angelina (are they still together?), and I realize that Bruni is a popular European celebrity (and now French royalty), and so some of this was to be expected... but still, really?

It's so stupid I feel stupid just thinking about it.

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  • A catfight. Isn't that all women are about? Who has the best dress? Who is thinner? Which one is more popular? And American news media says it is not sexist. I saw Wolf Blitzer of CNN insist a female reporter comment on both womens' dresses even after she told him it was silly and she had better things to say. But no, Wolf insisted she express her preference for her favorite fashions. Would he have made a male reporter critic women's clothing though he was in the middle of reporting on a serious story?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:15 PM  

  • Another of the many reasons I dislike Blitzer. I'll never forget him jumping up and down like a kid who had to pee, trying to get some General's attention during the bombing of Bagdhad -- squealing "is this the shockinaw? Is it the shockinaw yet?"

    Sometimes he makes Maury Povich look like a journalist.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 9:48 AM  

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