Friday, October 19, 2012

Media Double Standard

19 Oct 2012, 3:01 AM PDT
Us Magazine had a little tidbit of gossip when it discovered who made Ann Romney's and Michelle Obama's hot pink dresses worn to the recent presidential debate. In its headline Us blares that Ann Romney's dress cost "$1,690." But Michelle Obama's ensemble was priced at $3,290 despite the silence of the headline. 

Us gives the world the following headline: "0."In the body of the piece Us reports this description of Ann Romney's couture.Romney, 63, selected a short-sleeved crimped cotton silk dress by Oscar de la Renta. The Spring 2013 design is not yet available in stores, but retails for $1,690.I expect we are supposed to find it shocking, downright shocking, that a millionaire could afford to fork out nearly $1,700 for a frock.

And yet, "public servant" Michelle Obama's outfit was almost twice as costly as Romney's.Obama, 48, styled a shift dress and cropped jacket from Michael Kors' 2013 resort collection. The dress retails for $1,795 and the jacket is $1,495.Notice that Mrs. Obama’s getup rings in at a hefty $3,290 while Ann Romney’s is just over half that. So, why wasn't the headline about Michelle? Her cost was more shocking than Ann's.

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