Over the weekend, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman penned a piece focusing on former prominent White House staffer Hope Hicks being subpoenaed by Congress.
“Hope Hicks, one of the best-known but least visible former members of President Trump’s White House staff, is facing an existential question: whether to comply with a congressional subpoena,” the Times captioned the piece.
The write-up includes a photograph of Ms. Hicks taken by freelance photographer Tom Brenner — which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) ironically took serious issue with.
Talk show host Soledad O’Brien claimed the shot used of Hicks, in part, exposed the Times’ pro-Trump bias (yes, really), and AOC couldn’t agree more.
“This is a good example of bias in the [New York Times]: a picture of a person who is considering not complying with a subpoena is basically a glam shot, and it’s framed as a thoughtful, perfectly equal choice,” Soledad said, captioning the Times’ piece.
“Yup. Where’s the ‘no angel’ take now?” asked Ocasio-Cortez, deeply troubled by the mainstream media’s apparent right-wing bias.
“In the immediate aftermath of shootings, media routinely post menacing photos of people-of-color victims + dredge up any questionable thing they’d ever done,” the Democrat continued, before explicitly hitting the “glamour shot” of Ms. Hicks: “But when Hope Hicks considers not complying w a subpoena, it’s glamour shot time.”
Ocasio-Cortez went on to complain about Hicks’ apparent favor with the media: “Treat her equally,” AOC demanded.
“What gets me is news breaks that this woman is weighing committing a crime before Congress &it’s getting framed by the NYT as some Lifetime drama called ‘Hope’s Choice,'” she complained. “This is a fmr admin official considering participating in a coverup led by the President. Treat her equally.”
As highlighted by politicos online, the freshman congresswoman has had her share of “glamour shots” and wildly-biased good press from the media.
In March, Ocasio-Cortez was lionized by Time Magazine. “TIME’s new cover: ‘Change is closer than we think.’ Inside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s unlikely rise,” a caption of an AOC “glamour shot” cover said.
Other outlets, such as Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, and Rolling Stone have likewise worshiped Ocasio-Cortez:
In February, AOC became her own comic book. The Daily Wire previously reported the democratic socialist congresswoman “will be featured as the heroine of a new comic book titled ‘Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party Who Dis?'” The premiere issue features an anthology of short stories showing AOC fighting the evil GOP.
The 29-year-old is even the star of a Netflix documentary, “Knock Down the House,” which premiered in April.
In the Times piece on Hicks, Haberman does not exactly glamorize the former Trump advisor, but outlines her entanglement in the special counsel investigation on accusations of Russian “collusion,” which Robert Mueller ultimately debunked, and her close ties to President Trump and his family.
“[Hicks] appears on more than two dozen pages in the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, mostly in the second volume, which deals with allegations of obstruction of justice against Mr. Trump,” Haberman writes. “Like few others in the White House, Ms. Hicks was witness to some of the president’s angriest moments and most pointed directives about the investigations into the Trump campaign and its contacts with Russians in 2016. Her dilemma now is how to respond to House Democrats, who have grown frustrated and increasingly aggressive in the face of a sweeping decision by the Trump administration, and the Trump Organization, to oppose such subpoenas.”