This could be the hottest, wildest viral sensation since OnlyFans went mainstream — or the New York Times, well, started Wordle.
When the Times on Tuesday named Joseph Kahn as its new editor-in-chief, replacing former honcho Dean Baquet, the Old Gray Lady approved a sensational portrait and profile of its rising leader New York Magazine — which captured the promotion in a disarmingly seductive way.
The resulting, perhaps unintentional, eroticism—with enough arched-back and here-coming looks to make pinup pioneers Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe proud—might also send foot fetishists everywhere into a frenzy.
The glowing feature ran alongside a photo spread of Kahn, 57, including a now widely mocked image – on social media, of course – showing the well-dressed Aber shoeless Gray Lady Boss at rest, curled up on an expensive Asian rug on the floor of his mahogany-studded Fifth Avenue office, next to his coffee mug with Chinese characters and a morning read – the Times, of course.
Needless to say, the portrait on stocking feet Hype about the “new, old school” Editor-in-Chief “Relaxing with the Newspaper,” as they say, was a confusing choice. Readers have noticed this online – drawing a series of Compare to Zoolander, along with the iconic image of Seinfeld character George Costanza, posed seductively in just socks and underwear on a swooned couch.
“What was the goal here?” Journalist asked Mairead Elordi about the photo in question, taken by Chris Buck. JT Lewis, the Newtown shooting survivor and anti-violence advocate, added, “I just don’t understand how this probably had to be approved by a lot of people and nobody objected.”
“In all of human history, not enough shudders have been generated to adequately respond to them,” the author writes Jim Hanson answered to the photo.
“I, too, ‘relax with the newspaper,’ while sitting uncomfortably on the floor next to my desk and chaise longue.” Noah Blum joked.
“Draw me like one of your French girls,” RealClearInvestigations Senior Writer Mark Hemingway parodytogether with another who joked in a now-deleted reply, “I bet he has a lot of leather-bound books and his office smells like rich mahogany.”
Writer Shawn McCreesh aptly described Kahn — heir to the “iron throne of journalism,” the reporter mused, as well as his father’s fortune that Staples helped found — as privileged and “fabulously wealthy,” thanks to an elite Boston upbringing that education before graduating from Harvard led to a prestigious pension.
In one passage, McCreesh described the top editor’s enviable lifestyle with his wife Shannon, who used to work at the World Bank, and two elite-educated sons, while insisting they weren’t “flashy”.
McCreesh wrote unconvincingly: “But he has a penchant for the finer things. He’s a familiar face on the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night. He’s a wine lover with a particular fondness for Burgundy and part of a wine consortium that includes billionaire Joseph Bae.”
The Post has reached out to NYT Brass for comment on Kahn’s viral va-va-voom.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/20/new-york-times-new-boss-blasted-for-sexy-photo-spread/ The New York Times’ new boss exploded for a sexy photo series