Hey, Jealousy? AOC, Soledad O'Brien Go All "Mean Girls" on NYT's Hope Hicks "Glam Shot" Photo

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks. Screen grab via Forbes Live.
Hope Hicks
Former White House communications director Hope Hicks. Screen grab via Forbes Live.

Somebody call the wahmbulance, please.

The New York Times did an article on former White House comms director Hope Hicks Friday, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) and her journo pal Soledad O’Brien are most definitely not pleased.


Why? Because the article did two things: Presented the Congressional subpoena for Hicks as though complying with it was optional, rather than being mandatory – and because the photo the New York Times used for the piece showed Hicks in a favorable light:

A catty O’Brien characterized the photo as a “glam shot”:

O’Brien continued her rant later, saying the NYT – a paper that is famous for their open hostility towards Republicans – gave the feature piece the “glamour girl treatment”:


An equally catty Ocasio-Cortez was late to the party, of course, but in predictable fashion, she joined in by characterizing the article as “glamour shot time”:

Later, she demanded the paper “treat her equally”:

“Treat her equally” to who? Someone accused of murder?

O’Brien later retweeted these two tweets:


Presumably, none of the liberals pitching a fit about “white privilege” when it comes to subpoena decisions have ever heard of a guy named Eric Holder.

But back to the photo: If this gang of clueless wonders had kept their criticisms of the piece to how the paper presented Hicks’s subpoena compliance as a choice, that would have been a fair critique. But they also went after the picture the paper used. Presumably the paper should have used one that showed Hicks, who has classically beautiful features, in a menacing light?

Let’s flip the switch here: If this had been a conservative female journalist and a female Republican legislator slamming a newspaper for using a flattering photo of a female Democrat facing a subpoena, they would have been blasted by other mainstream news outlets, liberal commentators, and media critics as being petty and backwards-thinking.

But because we’re talking about liberal Democrats complaining about the “glam shot” portrayal of a Republican woman, all of a sudden we have A Very Big Issue™ that needs to urgently be addressed.


Now if Ocasio-Cortez and O’Brien were against media outlets doing “glamour shots” as a general rule – no matter the type of coverage, I’d be all for it. But they’re not, you see. As long as the flattering photos are of them:


Next “issue”, please?

—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–


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