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Wendy Davis's Vogue Profile: An Elitist Wolf in Populist Sheep's Clothing
Big Journalism ^ | 1/23/2014 | FRANCES MARTEL

Posted on 01/23/2014 3:56:48 AM PST by markomalley

The rise of Wendy Davis as feminist icon can be traced almost completely to one exact moment: the publication of Vogue's lauding profile of the Texas gubernatorial candidate. In light of recent revelations, we went back to look at all the half-truths and misrepresentations Vogue printed about the Democratic star.

The profile darts around various aspects of Davis's life: her relationship with her parents and children, her work in the Texas Senate, her shoes. It is a schizophrenic image that Vogue reveals of Davis as a woman. Davis has a "bootstraps background," went into politics to help the poor, and "spearhead[ed] economic developments in blighted areas of Fort Worth" as a lawyer. 

Yet Vogue follows her with an almost Bret Easton Ellis-like sensibility for expensive clothing brands and casually hints at her prodigious wealth. The family drinks Sancerre at a football party. Among the most important details of her filibuster, apparently, are her "pink Mizuno running shoes and a sky-blue Escada day coat concealing a back brace." Yet Davis, the profile insists, is a woman of the people.

The profile also makes the same factual errors as many in the past, and that is a failure of the journalist but a sin only of the politician at hand. The profile claims that Davis's mother had a sixth-grade education – a myth soundly debunked (Davis' mother finished ninth grade). Davis claims to have been "recently out of the trailer park" at 25 despite having divorced at 21 (not 19 as she previously claimed), having only lived in the park with her mother for some months after the divorce.

Then there is the case of her legal work in Fort Worth. Vogue claims that she spent much of her time in Fort Worth's government "spearheading economic developments in blighted areas of Fort Worth." Quite an embellishment…

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
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1 posted on 01/23/2014 3:56:48 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Only an observation....but resume-wise....is there anything at all of substance that she’s done over the past five years that would warrant some job like governor? It just seems to be some gimmick-candidate, with no background, or expertise to brag about. Has she ever run a business, managed a trailer-park, or sold insurance?


2 posted on 01/23/2014 4:02:51 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: markomalley

No surprise here. I’ve said elsewhere that liberals used to be populists, but now they’re elitists.


3 posted on 01/23/2014 4:18:52 AM PST by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: markomalley
Vogue is in the business of selling women the possibility of turning...
this... into this.
Why wouldn't they latch onto Abortion Barbie. She's their customer base.
4 posted on 01/23/2014 4:18:54 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: markomalley
Lord I hope we have more on this woman then these facts. I mean she probably left her husband at 19 and once all the paperwork and court stuff was done she was 21. She let her husband keep the kid while she went to college. I am not sure this is enough to turn off her fans. We better take this woman seriously. Texas has elected Democratic Governors before. The last thing we need is to take this woman as a joke. We do that all the time and then are stunned that they get elected. I don't care how close Al Franken was or how much fraud there was, for him to even be able to steal it because it was so close is number one reason we should take her seriously.
5 posted on 01/23/2014 4:24:47 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Berosus

populists and elitists are just two sides of the same coin - the coin of tyranny.


6 posted on 01/23/2014 4:31:11 AM PST by Daveinyork (IER)
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To: markomalley

as we can see, the elite media is pushing her big time. Really Vogue, your supposed to be about style, she has none along with truth and honor


7 posted on 01/23/2014 4:36:15 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: markomalley

Did Vogue mention that huuuuuuuuuge mole on her face or did they airbrush it out? Not to be catty...


8 posted on 01/23/2014 4:40:08 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: pepsionice

Has Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton? And they’re not just at the governor level.


9 posted on 01/23/2014 4:40:10 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: napscoordinator

Good point, naps!


10 posted on 01/23/2014 4:41:14 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: markomalley

Culture of Death


11 posted on 01/23/2014 4:57:42 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

What does it say to the children that their mother is a tireless advocate for abortion?


12 posted on 01/23/2014 5:26:08 AM PST by georgia peach (georgia peach)
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To: napscoordinator

You are right about before. I still cannot believe that Richards, wide eyed liberal drunk that she was, actually was governor there.


13 posted on 01/23/2014 5:27:14 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: markomalley

It says something about the shallowness of the “feminist” movement that an untalented, largely fictionalized hack like Wendy Davis can rise in their ranks so high so quickly. Setting the bar that low smacks of either desperation or superficiality, both of which have become hallmarks of the moribund movement.


14 posted on 01/23/2014 5:36:36 AM PST by IronJack
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To: napscoordinator
Have you ever thought that your 'tagline'; "Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!" is enough to ensure that not a word you write will be considered as logical or with merit?!?
15 posted on 01/23/2014 5:39:50 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: pepsionice

The same lack of credentials didn’t stop liberals from electing Barack Obama to a much higher office ... twice.

Ability is of little value to Leftists. What’s important is image, packaging, just the things the Vogue article emphasized, such as how well she wore a suit and the color of her jogging shoes.


16 posted on 01/23/2014 5:40:59 AM PST by IronJack
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To: IronJack

The feminists got everything they wanted, and have basically segregated society and demonized men.


17 posted on 01/23/2014 5:48:11 AM PST by Luke21
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To: Paine in the Neck

18 posted on 01/23/2014 5:51:40 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: pepsionice
....is there anything at all of substance that she’s done over the past five years that would warrant some job like governor? It just seems to be some gimmick-candidate, with no background, or expertise to brag about. Has she ever run a business, managed a trailer-park, or sold insurance?

Funny, I remember the same questions asked about a certain ascendant IL senaturd back in 2007. I just hope and pray Texas is still a long way from being overtaken by libs and lo-infos like the country at large.

19 posted on 01/23/2014 5:56:09 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: MrB

Wendy exercises "choice."

20 posted on 01/23/2014 6:01:55 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: napscoordinator
Texas is not Minnesota, a state with a long leftist tradition dating back to the Farmer-Labor movement in the early 1900s. The reason Texas used to elect Democrat governors is its Southern heritage. Not until the 1960s did the GOP start electing a few congressmen, like George Bush the elder and John Tower. Not until the Great Depression and World War II generation of yellow dog Democrats among rural and blue collar Anglo-Southern whites did party affiliation generally switch to the Republicans. Even Rick Perry, a Baby Boomer, started his political career in the 1980s as a Democrat.

A principal difference between Texas and Southeastern states such as North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida is that most of the Northern migration comes from the Midwest rather than the Northeast. Counties like Collin and Denton near Dallas, Williamson near Austin, and Fort Bend and Montgomery near Houston have high percentages of non-Texans, yet are among the more conservative counties in the state.

The long term threat to continued Republican rule is the increasing Hispanic population of the state. A secondary threat is the increasing numbers of well-off whites, largely liberal, both native Texan or otherwise, in the gentrified areas of Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Fort Worth. Wendy Davis may be popular among the latter group, but will be a dud with the former group. Blacks are also not fond of limousine liberals, and male voters of any race are inclined to dislike her personally.

Wendy Davis is an electoral disaster for the Democrats waiting to happen.

21 posted on 01/23/2014 6:26:17 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: pepsionice
Has she ever run a business, managed a trailer-park, or sold insurance?

Not sure, but she DID stay in a trailer park, for a few months, after one of her divorces. Does that count? /s

I'd love to see a debate between AbortionBatty and AG Gregg Abbott. That would, likely, seal AG Abbott's run for Gov.

22 posted on 01/23/2014 6:33:34 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: markomalley
Batty Davis' life "story" seems to be as fake as her hair color and plastic surgery. The hits keep coming, with her.
23 posted on 01/23/2014 6:35:34 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: harpu

Have you ever thought that your ‘tagline’; “Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!” is enough to ensure that not a word you write will be considered as logical or with merit?!?

Among the liberals on Free Republic you are probably right. So many here have zero principles that your post does not surprise me in the least.


24 posted on 01/23/2014 6:57:00 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: napscoordinator
"Have you ever thought that your ‘tagline’; “Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!” is enough to ensure that not a word you write will be considered as logical or with merit?!?"

OUCH...that little bit of truth hurt, didn't it!

25 posted on 01/23/2014 9:22:07 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: markomalley

Sure Davis stretched the truth, but look at Sen. Elizabeth Warren with her false Native American heritage which she likely used to fraudulently get minority preference. The media pretty much ignored Warren so Davis is home free.


26 posted on 01/23/2014 9:54:51 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: Mouton
I still cannot believe that Richards, wide eyed liberal drunk that she was, actually was governor there.

If Clayton Williams had kept his mouth shut about "laying back and enjoying rape", she would have never been elected. He was way ahead of her in the polls before that stupid comment.

27 posted on 01/23/2014 9:57:28 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I know, I voted for him.


28 posted on 01/23/2014 10:01:45 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Mouton

Same here. No way I was voting for a dim in Texas.


29 posted on 01/23/2014 10:05:47 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: harpu

No. However, I will not change my tagline. American needs to wake up or we will be stuck with another “Obama”.


30 posted on 01/23/2014 12:51:07 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: markomalley

As Ann W. Richards would say if she were around, “I don’t think the sheeple can he’p themselves. They will be for Wendy for sure.”


31 posted on 01/23/2014 6:19:41 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: The Great RJ

Any female or minority Democrat has a total free pass from MSM inquiry or reportage thereof.

A few white male Dems may get the occasional sharp elbow.

Every conservative gets a massive artillery barrage.


32 posted on 01/23/2014 6:25:14 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: georgia peach

It says that her kids, in all probability, have some heavy-duty issues.


33 posted on 01/25/2014 6:35:46 AM PST by La Lydia
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