Accuracy in Media

Vanity Fair‘s cover article announcing presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke fawned over O’Rourke, illustrating clear bias in support of the failed U.S. Senate candidate.

“But unlike Trump, O’Rourke can appear almost too innocent to be a politician — too decent, too wholesome, the very reason he became popular also the same reason he could be crucified on the national stage,” writes Vanity Fair’s Joe Hagan, who interjects himself into the article to be even more effusive than a mere observer. “I tell O’Rourke that perhaps he’s simply too normal to be president. ‘Whether you meant it or not, I take that as a compliment,’ he says.”

Hagan praises O’Rourke for his music choices during his youth and even quotes former girlfriends praising him. But he but fails to mention the controversial column he wrote while at Columbia University that insults women using sexist stereotypes.

“His single-minded devotion to [rowing] crew—and to the purifying energy of punk rock—foreshadowed his future political self,” Hagan writes. “Former girlfriends describe O’Rourke as curious, wry, bookish but adventurous.”

Hagan delves into Hagan’s personality and psyche, whitewashing the candidate’s DWI as a positive, that it was an episode where the candidate was “pathetic but nonetheless chivalrous.”

“He has an aura,” Hagan effuses. “Whereas Obama is from the tail end of the baby boom, Beto O’Rourke is quintessentially Generation X, weaned on Star Wars and punk rock and priding himself on authenticity over showmanship and a healthy skepticism of the mainstream … Whether onstage or on Facebook Live or in person, O’Rourke has a preternatural ease.”

Where Hagan shows any skepticism is in whether the candidate is just too perfect, the way a job interviewee would say their greatest weakness is they have just too high of standards.

“O’Rourke’s radical openness can also look like naïveté, as with his Instagrammed teeth-cleaning, which was quickly clipped, isolated from its context, and made to look ridiculous,” Hagan writes. “Skeptics question whether O’Rourke’s political transcendentalism can sustain the meat grinder of a national election.”

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