"It’s odd (and embarrassing) that Buck didn’t do more research before going to Syria, but it’s unexplainable why she wouldn’t have learned more about the country’s politics after she returned, given her uneasy experience there. When you’re a journalist, “finishing what you started” doesn’t mean gritting your teeth and describing “the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies” even if you have a suspicion something’s up. It means interviewing real experts, doing extensive research and, most importantly (and obviously), thinking critically about your profile subject — especially if your profile subject’s husband is a known dictator."
Katie J.M. Baker in her Jezebel article “Vogue Writer Tries, Fails to Successfully Justify Fawning Asma al-Assad Profile” (via matryoshhka)
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With all due respect, it’s Vogue. Their very metier is clueless, aspirational fawning.