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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Meanwhile ...
Topic: Newsmax

The Carpetbagger Report's Steve Benen details how NewsMax edited down (without telling its readers of the edit) Ronald Kessler's creepily obsequious description of Ann Romney, in an already massively obsequious, mega-fluffy profile of Mitt Romney:

“Ann is warm and very natural. She has the look of an outdoors woman bred to be an equestrian, which she is — good carriage, rosy complexion, square jaw, and blond mane.

“When she is not flashing her truly unbelievable smile, she may lower her eyes demurely. But Ann Romney is not demure — she may be modest, but she isn’t meek. She is unpretentious, but she isn’t shy. She lowers her eyes, thinking, and then looks up directly at her interviewer and dazzles him with that smile.”

As Benen writes: "There’s flattery, there’s sycophancy, and then there’s this." The Politico's Ben Smith adds that "I think I've never seen writing, in a publication apparently written by and for grown-ups," than Kessler's fluff job.

We've previously noted Kessler's fluffery of Romney (and check out Kessler's similar fluffery of Dana Perino, as well as his Bush fluffery), as well as NewsMax's tendency to make changes to articles without notifying readers.

UPDATE: Here's a copy of Kessler's original article we pulled out of Google cache. 

Posted by Terry K. at 6:04 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2007 1:09 AM EDT

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