Ann Romney slammed for $990 Shirt, Michelle Obama praised for $6,800 jacket

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    Aug 01, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    Media bias? No, of course not. icon_rolleyes.gif

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/08/01/ann-romney-slammed-for-0-shirt-michelle-obama-praised-for-6800-jacket/

    By Hollie McKay

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    Back in May, Ann Romney, wife of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, wore a $990 Reed Krakoff silk shirt for a media appearance. The item of clothing set off a media firestorm, with the Romneys widely accused of being “out of touch” with average Americans.

    In particular, the Washington Post wrote that the $990 blouse “will not help her husband change those perceptions, no matter how many Laundromat photo ops are on the campaign’s itinerary.”

    Fast forward to last Friday, when First Lady Michelle Obama attended an Olympics reception for heads of state at Buckingham Palace, donning a J. Mendel cap sleeve jacket from the 2013 Resort collection.

    The price-tag? $6,800.

    This time, the Washington Post simply described the intricacies of the jacket and noted that Mrs. Obama has previously been criticized for “not dressing up enough for Queen Elizabeth II, so she stepped up her game.” No snide remarks, no outrage over the cost, no suggestion she was “out of touch.”

    “The media’s overabundant love affair with the Obamas has become increasingly blatant as this election draws nearer. Scrutinizing Mrs. Romney for a fashion choice that cost considerably less than that of the First Lady is yet another example of the media being purely sanctimonious,” former political publicist Angie Meyer told FoxNews.com. “The media continues to relish their roles as liberal bullies, and have relentlessly bullied the Romneys from the beginning. It is pure hypocrisy at its finest.”

    Glenn Selig of The Publicity Agency concurred.

    “The media will not stay quiet on the issue because wealth remains a big issue with the Romneys. It is not his fault that he's wealthy, but the media is portraying it as a liability,” Selig said.

    Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture for Media Research Center in Washington DC, said it’s “just the latest example of a consistent media theme that somehow Romney is too wealthy and out of touch because he's a millionaire. Except of course that Obama is also a millionaire. “

    Some also highlighted the apparent hypocrisy on Twitter. “And you thought the Romneys were out of touch?” tweeted one, while another wondered who had to pay for the almost $7,000 dress, and another balked that the “jacket would put a lot of food on the table of one of the 25M unemployed people in USA.”

    Not everyone’s nose was out of joint, however. Media commentator Jenn Hoffman told FoxNews.com that “Americans need to face the fact that with our current system, politicians need to have money. That is how they get into the office in the first place. If you are near the White House, you have access to serious cash and much of that cash is spent on honing your image.”

    Mark Joseph, producer of “Wild Card: The Promise & Peril of Sarah Palin,” added that “Mrs. Romney's wardrobe expenses are certainly fair game, but so are Mrs. Obama's, and political reporters have got to do a better job of being even-handed."
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    Aug 01, 2012 8:44 PM GMT
    dressing expensively for a function with heads of state is appropriate; dressing expensively for a media appearance is not.


    False equivalency ( naiveté or cynicism?)
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    Aug 01, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    Upper_Cdn saiddressing expensively for a function with heads of state is appropriate; dressing expensively for a media appearance is not.


    False equivalency ( naiveté or cynicism?)


    Srsly?

    In today's political world, media appearances determine your career survival.
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    Aug 01, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
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    Upper_Cdn saiddressing expensively for a function with heads of state is appropriate; dressing expensively for a media appearance is not.


    False equivalency ( naiveté or cynicism?)


    Srsly?

    In today's political world, media appearances determine your career survival.

    True, and must also be true that wearing a $6,800 jacket is so necessary for an an official function. Can you imagine the shame and indignity if she were seen in only a $2,000 jacket?
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    Aug 01, 2012 9:42 PM GMT
    Romney's blouse looks terrible and Obama's jacket is gorgeous.
  • conservativej...

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    Aug 02, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    I am not critical of any woman who pas $990 of her own money for a shirt, but that fish is JUST AWFUL.

    Michele on the other hand, all that bling -- all $6800 of it -- helps improve the self-esteem.
  • Webster666

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    Aug 02, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    All I had to see was that it was from Faux News, and I didn't have to read any further.

    Oh, did you hear that Faux News was BANNED in Canada because Canada has a law against LYING on news programs ?
    It's true. Look it up.
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    Aug 02, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    Are these the things we are truly concerned about when we still have bigger fish to fry? Anyone who gives a shyt what Ms Romney or Ms Obama is wearing and how much it cost needs to get their head examined. BOTH media camps are trying to light a firestorm filled with the same old rhetoric about class warfare and who is, or is not in touch with the people. I say they're ALL out of touch with the people- the Politicians, their wives and the Media if they really think we care how fabulous she looked in that stunning jacket icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 02, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    Ann's shirt looks like shit. Michelle's jacket looks stunning.
  • Laurence

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    Aug 02, 2012 12:01 PM GMT
    'Romney's blouse looks terrible and Obama's jacket is gorgeous.'

    +1

    All that money and she still dresses like that. Get a stylist love.


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  • DalTX

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    Aug 02, 2012 1:40 PM GMT
    SwissMiss is an attractive women but that blouse is ugly as sin.
    I do think however that it would look smashing on Socal"fitness."
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    Aug 02, 2012 2:27 PM GMT
    In politics at every level what we wear is always a concious decision - either on our part or someone in our campaign team.
    Even what we go shopping in has to be a considered choice.

    It is the reality of politics.

    what a politician wears to the coffee shop or the mall is not generally newsworthy, but image is someting being crafted every day in a never-ending media marketing campaign aimed at one thing: getting elected.
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