The New York Times acquired a lot of complaints this weekend over a narrative about Hope Hicks, President Donald Trump’s former Director of Communications, and her determination on whether or not or to not adjust to a congressional subpoena. But it wasn’t the story that obtained some of us upset — it was the photograph the paper ran with the article.
For the article, revealed late final week and written by Times journalist Maggie Haberman, the paper opted to not use any of the numerous out there photos of Hicks, however relatively run a picture — taken by a Times workers photographer — of the previous White House staffer that, whereas setting a somber temper, is nonetheless flattering to Hicks.
Some critics noticed the usage of such a picture for instance of bias and tried to name out the Times for it.
“This is a good example of bias in the @nytimes: a picture of a person who is considering not complying with a subpoena is basically a glam shot, and it’s framed as a thoughtful, perfectly equal choice,” tweeted journalist Soledad O’Brien early Sunday.
O’Brien later took a swipe at Haberman, implying that the Times reporter had intentionally chosen a flattering photograph to remain in Hicks’ good graces.
“Imagine having people write about your decision to answer a subpoena as an existential dilemma. The way these journalists treat the potential sources for their next book is… not surprising,” she wrote.
O’Brien’s unique tweet was picked up and referred to by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sunday afternoon. The first-term Democrat identified what she noticed as media hypocrisy, referring to the tendency for some shops to run pictures of police capturing victims that present them in an unflattering mild.
“Yup. Where’s the ‘no angel’ take now?” requested Ocasio-Cortez. “In the immediate aftermath of shootings, media routinely post menacing photos of people-of-color victims + dredge up any questionable thing they’d ever done. But when Hope Hicks considers not complying w a subpoena, it’s glamour shot time.”
The congresswoman from New York added in a follow-up tweet that she did not perceive why the Times was, in her view, attempting to painting Hicks’ potential failure to adjust to a subpoena as a matter of non-public drama.
“What gets me is news breaks that this woman is weighing committing a crime before Congress & it’s getting framed by the NYT as some Lifetime drama called ‘Hope’s Choice.’ This is a fmr admin official considering participating in a coverup led by the President. Treat her equally,” wrote Ocasio-Cortez.
Hicks, who stepped down from her place on the White House in March 2018, was subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee in April and given a June 4 deadline to show over paperwork requested by the committee, together with “any private or work diary journal or different e-book containing notes, a report or an outline of each day occasions.” She can be anticipated to testify earlier than the committee on June 19.
It isn’t but identified if Hicks will adjust to the subpoena or if she is going to defy the order, very similar to former White House Counsel Don McGahn who declined to look earlier than Congress final week.
“Our subpoenas are usually not elective,” Said Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler. “This committee will hear Mr McGahn’s testimony even when now we have to go to court docket.”
Failure to adjust to a subpoena might end in Hicks being held in contempt.