Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway openly despises the media and thwarts its efforts to report accurately in the public’s interests whenever possible. That has been her job, or at least a significant part of it, since she joined the Trump campaign in August. Conway is dogmatic in her hatred of the media, yet ever since she aligned herself publicly and professionally with Trump, many in the media (not all!) have felt an incessant responsibility to carefully and compassionately report on how deeply human and charming she is, as evidenced most recently by an 8,000-word New York Magazine cover story published on Saturday titled “The True First Lady of Trump’s America.”
This is by no means the first profile of Conway, nor is it the first national magazine cover awarded to an influential player in the Trump administration (Bannon, for instance, appeared on a Time cover in February). It’s not like there’s a dearth of coverage or conversation about the Trump administration, or Kellyanne, and New York’s profile is particularly flattering, beginning with the cover, which literally portrays Conway in a good light, flashing an appealing, open-mouth smile and dressed like a modern-day pilgrim.