Ex-guv Warner likened to ‘Mr. Ed’
Mark Warner, Virginia's popular ex-governor eyeing the White House, was allegedly treated like livestock in his recent cover photo in the New York Times magazine. "It was not the kind of national debut Mr. Warner's political supporters were looking for– particularly in the hometown paper of Hillary Clinton voters," said a March 20 front page story in the New York Observer.The Observer quotes longtime Warner spokesperson Ellen Qualls as critiqing the photograph, but it was the Observer itself that supplied the digs about Warner's alleged "ivory-tinged, domino-sized choppers" and that alleged "remblance to Mr. Ed."
The New York Times concedes that Alexi Hay, the photographer for the Times mag's March 12 cover story on "The Anti-Hillary?" shot Warner with an infrared chrome film designed for 70-millimeter movie cameras and eventually ran a clarification. Later, a Virginian-Pilot columnist chimed in about the "chiclet teeth" and "maroon smoking jacket."