January 13, 2010

Model Candidates

scott-brownmalemodel Harold Ford NYT front page Harold Ford Running NYT

See a pattern?

Boston.com’s Scott Brown slideshow expresses how much national candidates, in our infotainment culture, look straight out of central casting.

I’m not saying the GOP’s Massachusetts hopeful is a lightweight, but his particulars (both he and his TV wife are former models; he’s well remembered as the Cosmo stud; he’s a long time, and oft-photographed National Guardsman; his daughter — a visible campaign presence — was an American Idol finalist) have “eye candy” writ everywhere.

Of course, the media has been fully collusive in these affairs. For example, just consider today’s NYT coverage of carpetbagger Harold Ford’s potential NY Senate run. The pic above (left) was on today’s front page, and the shot on the right accompanied the continuation, and the on-line article.

With an almost unintelligible Sara Palin joining FOX news yesterday, call it the fashion of the times.

(NYT photos: Ozier Muhammed)

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