December 07, 2003

Conde Nast Boulevardier Watch Graydon

Conde Nast Boulevardier Watch

Graydon Carter (when not presiding over high-octane celeb-infused conclaves):

"I feel like a lone voice in the wilderness. But there is a large, seething majority out there against what Bush is doing to this country. This administration is as fundamentalist as the Islamics".

Oh my.

I think I'll agree with an earlier analysis by Gawker on Graydon's sudden focus on such heady high politics:

"The intrusion of articulate politics at the Conde Nast offices freaks us out."

By the way, I don't know if the article says more about Graydon Carter's limitations or the Guardian's.

First, note the Guardian's headline: "How King of New York took battle to the Great Polariser".

Memo to the Guardian: Graydon Carter is not the "King of New York."

Perhaps a minor baronet whilst bestriding the Conde Nast building? (And smoking away with rakish insouciance while the V.F. worker-bee serfs are forced onto the cold, snowy streets of Times Square for a furtive puff).

And check out these other snippets from the piece that so well encapsulate the Guardian's pseudo-sophisticate, snide, and patronizing tone:

"This [Carter's increasingly anti-Bush monthly Editor's Letter] has proved surprising given his magazine's even-handed coverage of the war on Iraq, compared with the supine, pro-Bush stance of much of the American press."

"Carter has been mocked by some for using frivolous, glossy Vanity Fair as his platform. Yet he is determined to drag the liberal masses out of their meekness to keep Bush from a second term..."

Oh, and can someone deconstruct the blatantly oxymoronic phraseology in the below:

"Last week a Hollywood bash for the cream of wealthy intellectual society figures in Beverly Hills was starkly themed as a 'Hate Bush' evening."

Hint: Wealth and Beverly Hills society do go together. Big time.

But what attribute mentioned above, um, feels just a bit out of place when describing these hallowed Left Coast precincts?

[my emphasis throughout]

Posted by Gregory at December 7, 2003 12:33 PM
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