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January 31, 2011

That which did not happen

In an obituary for recently deceased fashion designer Charles Nolan, NY Times writer Eric Wilson inserts this:

At the 2000 Democratic National Convention, for example, Tipper Gore was wearing a periwinkle Charles Nolan coat-and-dress ensemble when she was kissed so passionately by her husband, Vice President Al Gore, that the resulting image was widely described as humanizing Mr. Gore’s robotic reputation during his run for president.

This isn’t a political argument, I’m not writing this because I’m a Republican, it’s just plain as day that that is not what actually happened. If you’re going to insert an unrelated tale like this, into the story of someone’s life after they die, at least make it somewhat accurate.

I would have went with:

At the 2000 Democratic National Convention, for example, Tipper Gore was wearing a periwinkle Charles Nolan coat-and-dress ensemble when she was kissed so famously by her husband, Vice President Al Gore.

Or, if details about what happened next really needed to be included:

At the 2000 Democratic National Convention, for example, Tipper Gore was wearing a periwinkle Charles Nolan coat-and-dress ensemble when she was kissed by her husband, Vice President Al Gore. While the moment was set up to humanize Mr. Gore, the public reaction focused on the clumsiness and awkwardness of the moment and actually made Mr. Gore seem less human, something not seen as previously possible. The outfit was not to blame.

Posted by Karol at 02:11 AM |
Comments

Huh! I only have two Charles Nolan items, but had no idea of the guy’s politics, which is fine by me.

Who knew periwinkle could be such a man magnet?

Posted by: Christine at January 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm

It’s funny because if it weren’t for his politics he wouldn’t have had his obit hijacked by some fictional story of the 2000 election.

Posted by: Karol at January 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Now that they’re getting divorced, watching that kiss makes a lot more sense. That, and the fact that he’s a robot.

A big, fat robot.

Posted by: Snoop-Diggity-DANG-Dawg at January 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm
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