Accuracy in Media

One of the most-ridiculed profile pieces in recent memory is the Washington Post’s profile of Stacey Abrams, which read as a promotional puff piece for her potential vice presidential candidacy with Joe Biden.

The Washington Post headlined their profile, “The Power of Stacey Abrams,” and it heaped significant praise on Abrams’s political standing. The profile highlighted a conference appearance where Abrams was met with female attendees shouting, standing on chairs, taking photos, and leaping “to their feet.” Abrams walked “like a runway supermodel, stops on a dime, poses, tilts her head slightly and smiles.”

“Abrams is summoning her inner actress.”

Although profiles of political leaders tend to be one-sided and effusive of the interviewed politician, the Washington Post’s profile took it to celebrity-worship levels. The profile also minimized concerns about her lack of statewide electoral victories to her name. Neither did the profile press Abrams on potential hypocrisy surrounding Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Abrams, a former Democratic female state lawmaker, narrowly lost to Republican Brian Kemp in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election. She also did not officially concede the election to Kemp, which is customary after Election Day results are finalized. The Washington Post said that Abrams did not concede because she believed “voters were disenfranchised,” without offering context on conceding in an election.

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