The Associated Press ran this gem today.
Looking pretty is costing John Edwards’ presidential campaign a lot of pennies. The Democrat’s campaign committee picked up the tab for two haircuts at $400 each by celebrity stylist Joseph Torrenueva of Beverly Hills, Calif., according to a financial report filed with the Federal Election Commission.
FEC records show Edwards also availed himself of $250 in services from a trendy salon and spa in Dubuque, Iowa, and $225 in services from the Pink Sapphire in Manchester, N.H., which is described on its Web site as “a unique boutique for the mind, body and face” that caters mostly to women. (emphasis added)
Look, I realize this is the kind of story that’ll make for some late-night jokes. Not every piece of campaign coverage is going to be substantive, and some lighthearted stories help maintain the public’s interest. And Edwards’ use of donor money is bound to raise a few eyebrows here. But does the AP really have to report on Edwards “looking pretty”?
Greg Sargent is spot on in his analysis.