Friday, October 21, 2005


Fashion Statement of the Day

As recently as this week, [Homeland Security Secretary] Chertoff told a House Katrina investigation, "The report — last report I got on Monday [Aug. 29] was that the levees — there had not been a significant breach in the levees. It appeared that the worst was over."

In contrast, [FEMA staffer] Bahamonde, who was dressed in a dark suit and spoke somberly to senators for nearly three hours, said: "I believed at the time and still do today, that I was confirming the worst-case scenario that everyone had always talked about regarding New Orleans."

—Spencer S. Hsu reporting in the Washington Post

For years critics of the media have lambasted reporters who persist in describing how women in the news are dressed. Hsu has rectified this gender bias. Now isn't that better?

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