by Emily Draznik on
Recently, President Barack Obama sat down with the editor of Glamour, Cindi Leive, for their November Issue and political commentators responded with, “Can’t wait to see what he thinks of the new fall collection. Next month, the Cosmo interview!”. This poses the question, “Does the President have more pressing issues to deal with besides sitting down with a fashion magazine?”
Politics and fashion can sometimes be very removed from each other (we all know Hillary Clinton’s love for the pastel pant suit), but does that mean that they should never intermingle?
President Barack Obama recently sat down with Glamour editor Cindi Leive to do an interview where she asked the President about women’s health care. This has caused a controversy from traditional political media outlets stating that he is either avoiding criticism from magazines that would ask him sharper questions or that he has more important things to do with his time than sitting down with a fashion magazine.
While President George W. Bush sat down with Leive in January 2008, he did not receive as much grief as the Obama article has.
Glamour is upping their political coverage by sending their staff to both political conventions. Magazines likeGQ and even Seventeen are also sending their reporters to similar political get togethers where sometimes they are covering fashion and other times they are simply giving their readers a personal look as to what goes on there.
Glamour also approached the Mitt Romney campaign for an interview and although they have not confirmed yet a magazine spokeswoman said, “We’d certainly like to have one,”.
But it all boils down to one essential question, does politics belong in a fashion magazine? Or more importantly a magazine that caters towards women’s interests?
Why is Obama getting such criticism for appearing in an interview to inform the people who read fashion magazines about politics? While certainly there are very pressing political issues going on simultaneously as Obama is interviewed by the editor of Glamour, there is also a Presidential campaign going on as well.
The question is should fashion magazines just leave the politics to the hard-hitting journalists of the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times or who says that fashion journalism has any less principle? Whether republican or democratic, reporting on bombings or stilettos, what has more integrity? Who has the right to read about politics? Whether it be in a fashion magazine or a newspaper, we thought one of our basic principle rights as citizens was freedom of press. Thoughts?