The front of the New York Times Sunday Styles section featured a Get Out the Vote effort for the Clinton campaign, hidden under the guise of an innocuous story of two mutual admirers having dinner at a ritzy restaurant in D.C. The twosome were Elizabeth Warren, a liberal Democratic senator and heroine of the left wing of the Democratic party, and Tracee Ellen Ross, a liberal actress on a racially charged television comedy. They were shepherded by Times society writer Philip Galanes, under the headline “The Road to Activism – Senator Elizabeth Warren and Tracee Ellis Ross on the election, family and social change,” where he boasted Warren was "a fierce advocate for the middle class" and selfie-taker extraordinaire, with an "outrageously good" Twitter feed.
James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal had some fun with President Obama earlier in the week, matching headlines: “Obama Makes Case Against Donald Trump, Saying Presidency ‘Is Not a Reality Show’ ”—headline, New York Times, May 7, vs. “Barack Obama and Bryan Cranston on the Roles of a Lifetime”—headline, New York Times, May 8.
Not even the light sections of the New York Times Sunday paper offer an escape from politics. In “Social Q’s,” his Sunday Styles column on modern etiquette, Philip Galanes got political when answering a question from Amanda from Grand Island, N.Y., criticizing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for teacher bashing during his recent battle to reduce the influence of public-sector unions.
Q: I asked one of my professors if he would write a letter of recommendation for an internship I was applying for. He did, and I thanked him. And I got it. Am I supposed to thank him again? I don’t know the protocol.