Shoes make the man: Due to the detail presented below, we’ll keep this item simple. But if you want to marvel at the culture of the New York Times, you should review today’s “news report” by the remarkable Ashley Parker.
Parker reports on Candidate Romney. Her report is blindingly low-IQ. In the hard-copy paper, the effect is greater, because the Times features a large photograph of Mitt Romney’s pants cuffs and shoes.
That’s it—just his pants cuffs and shoes!
This Times is obsessed with candidates’ shoes, with what they tell us about the hopefuls. It can’t get past this tragic obsession. Let’s revisit the blather of Bruni, offered years ago:
BRUNI (9/14/99): When Gov. George W. Bush of Texas first hit the Presidential campaign trail in June, he wore monogrammed cowboy boots, the perfect accessory for his folksy affability and casual self-assurance.That fall, the press corps obsessed on Gore’s cowboy boots. (And his polo shirts. And his three-button suits, one of which was brown.) Because he served the New York Times, Bruni took things one step further.
But when he visited New Hampshire early last week, he was shod in a pair of conservative, shiny black loafers that seemed to reflect more than the pants cuffs above them. They suggested an impulse by Mr. Bush to put at least a bit of a damper on his brash irreverence, which has earned him affection but is a less certain invitation for respect.
Parker’s report seems designed to remind the world that Timespeople just aren’t real smart. The effect is heightened when we review Richard Oppel’s highly informative news report about Candidate Perry.
Parker reports from the coo-coo bin. Oppel’s report is quite informative. Needless to say, Parker’s report fills the top of page A18, fattened by that large photo of loafers. Oppel’s report gets second billing, down below Parker’s nonsense. And his report is shorter.
This morning, the road to Governor Perry's record leads through Mitt Romney's shoes.
Parker wrote this same low-IQ piece just a few short weeks ago (click here). The Times is defiantly unintelligent. Parker wants you to know.