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What Haircut Stories Tell Us About the Press

Year in and year out, the press uses haircut stories to paint Democrats as vain (read: effeminate) hypocrites.
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Year in and year out, the press uses haircut stories to paint Democrats as vain (read: effeminate) hypocrites. Note that while appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman, NBC's Brian Williams agreed with the host when he said that the John Edwards haircut story was "silly" and there was "no reason for us to continue talking about it." Yet just two days later, serving as moderator for a televised Democratic debate, Williams' second question to Edwards was about The Haircut.

That tells us more about Williams the journalist than it does about Edwards the politician.

Read the full Media Matters column here.