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April 11, 2014

Jay Carney Relaxes at Home with His Wife, ABC's Claire Shipman, Their Children, and Vintage Soviet Red Army Propaganda Posters

Sure, why not.

It's the American dream.

By the way, this is clearly a staged picture anyway, so it doesn't really matter that it's photoshopped, but...


... I guess my question would be, why do these Very Intelligent Progressives not have an actual wall with enough books to fill a photo's frame?

I guess the bookshelves were pretty bare, huh?

Maybe their TV was actually located on that third "bookshelf," and the photographer didn't like the asymmetry.

Still... I dunno... most people I know have a lot of books...

Pretty Ironic... that they have Red Army posters on the wall, and a magazine that serves and flatters the nomenklatura of the Potomac Kremlin alters the photo to make Carney more representative of the New American Man.

Context? Gristle Encased Head and Lizzy point out that the couple met while serving, I mean serving in, Moscow:

"Carney and Shipman met in Moscow in the early 1990s when he was writing for Time and she was reporting for CNN..."

Ehhhh... yeah I could see having some souvenirs from Moscow. But those Red Army posters aren't souvenirs; they weren't current in 1991.* They're sold by Etsy types.

I do get having an affinity for a city you lived in, even if it was a Soviet pit of despair. But I don't know -- it's not like they've got something cool on the wall like a train station's sign. You know, something they either found in the trash, or bribed someone to get, or stole.

An artifact I'd understand. But a propaganda poster you can get from any Tastefully Pro-Socialist designer isn't really an artifact. It's just Kounter-Kultural Kitsch.


* Actually it occurs to me that I have no idea if those posters were still current in 1991.



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