As I wrote Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) and liberal journalist Soledad O’Brien went all “Mean Girls” on an article the New York Times did about former White House comms director Hope Hicks.

Specifically, they took issue with two things: How the article presented Hicks’s subpoena compliance as optional rather than mandatory, and the “glamour shot” (their words) photo the paper used of her.

To recap, here’s the photo:

Here’s what they said:

I wrote in my Monday piece that if this gang of clueless wonders had kept their criticisms of the article to how the paper presented Hicks’s subpoena compliance as a choice, that would have been a fair critique. But they also went after the picture the paper used. Presumably the paper should have used one that showed Hicks, who has classically beautiful features – and who has probably never taken a bad photo, in a menacing light?

As it turns out, there was no conspiracy on the photo. No “glamour shot” was presented to the paper for use by Hicks’s publicist, nor was the photo itself a “glamour shot.” Freelance and sometimes New York Times photographer Tom Brenner, who took the photo in question, explained the history of it on Twitter yesterday afternoon (hat tip: Twitchy):

Hysterically enough, two days after she complained on Twitter about the Hicks photo, AOC ranted about how people will use women’s looks in order to … belittle and silence them.

Can’t make this stuff up.

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