Programming Note: Editor Leaves Politicker to ‘Spend More Time With My Family’

Chuck Schumer, Michael Bloomberg, Kirsten Gillibrand and Hunter Walker at the U.S. Capitol Building. (Photo: NycMayorsOffice on Flickr)
Chuck Schumer, Michael Bloomberg, Kirsten Gillibrand and Hunter Walker at the U.S. Capitol Building. (Photo: NycMayorsOffice on Flickr)

Today is this reporter’s last day here at the good ship Politicker. We hoped our last post on the site would be a final journey into the “Vallone Zone,” but, as of this writing, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. did not respond to our email sent late this afternoon. As a result, we have no option other than to print a series of thank yous and farewells with a few juicy bits of gossip thrown in to, hopefully, help you forgive us for publishing something so utterly self-indulgent. Continue reading “Programming Note: Editor Leaves Politicker to ‘Spend More Time With My Family’”

Is This Twitter Avatar Too Sexy for Politics?

hunter Is This Twitter Avatar Too Sexy for Politics?
My new profile photo. (via Photoshop master Richard Blakeley and Tom Selleck)

Earlier today, D.C. gossip rag FishbowlDC published a post declaring “an unusual trend” developing among female “campaign and White House reporters” using “provocative, sometimes sexy photographs of themselves for their Twitter accounts.” As examples of this “trend,” writer Betsy Rothstein cited The New York Times’ Ashley Parker, Maeve Reston of the Los Angeles Times and The Hill’s Amie Parnes, all three of whom have, in this reporter’s opinion, absolutely normal, appropriate avatars.

Since Ms. Rothstein’s post only accused women of spurring this “sexy” avatar trend, I found her post to be a clear example of the objectification and double standards that have existed far too long surrounding women in the workforce. Continue reading “Is This Twitter Avatar Too Sexy for Politics?”