The Bonfire of Vanity Fair
By Ed Driscoll · March 29, 2005 12:18 PM · Bobos In Paradise
This past August, I linked to a story about an Esquire author who was struggling valiantly to shrug-off the deeply engrained case of Bush Derangement Syndrome that permeated much of the New York publishing and magazine world--and only got worse as the election neared. Back then, I wrote:
Magazines like GQ , Vanity Fair and Esquire, published out of New York (you know, one of the two cities where 9/11 happened), are built around an assumed sense of New York Times-style elite liberalism that's a very different mindset than that of most of its readers in "flyover country". Maybe someday they--or their advertisers--will figure this out. (Or at least figure out that at least half their readership doesn't think of John Kerry as a "political badass".)In the Weekly Standard, Noemie Emery writes that Vanity Fair's advanced case of BDS finally caught up with the magazine last fall:
ON MARCH 6, THE Drudge Report noted the fact that newsstand sales for the magazine Vanity Fair had plummeted by 22.5 percent during the last half of 2004, attributed by the editor to three successive covers that showed pictures of . . . men. What Drudge did not cite is the parallel fact that this slide tracks exactly with the mutation of the magazine from a great escape read of the guilty-pleasure variety, the place to go for fatuous film stars, Princess Diana, and society murders, into a Bush-bashing rag of the fiercest variety, one that at times last year seemed almost possessed.I used to read GQ, Esquire, and to a lesser extent, Vanity Fair fairly religiously in the 1980s. I'd start reading them again, if I thought their coverage would be a bit more balanced. In the past, Manhattan's magazines (and newspapers) were cognizant of having a fairly diverse audience, including their flyover country readers, and didn't try to obviously preach to them.
Of course, in the past, liberalism didn't tilt as far left as it does today, either.
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