Argus getting pounded for their Herseth coverage
Rep. Stephanie Herseth, 36, is engaged and plans to be married in South Dakota in the first half of 2007, her spokesman Russ Levsen confirmed Saturday.
Herseth made a surprise announcement of her engagement to former Rep. Max Sandlin, D-Texas, at a birthday party in her honor Friday in Rapid City.
"We had an update on Senator Johnson's condition, which is first in our hearts and minds. Then she said she had some exciting news she wanted to share with her friends out here.
"She was real excited. It was real fun. It was an added feature to the birthday celebration," said Judy Olson Duhamel, former chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party.
Herseth rode with Sandlin in the annual Mayor's Ride at the 2005 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and he was with her in Sioux Falls in November when she celebrated her re-election.
He was not with Herseth in Rapid City, but Duhamel said Herseth's announcement brought "lots of cheers, lots of affirmation, lots of love and affection for her."
Duhamel said she also got a good look at Herseth's ring.
"It was a lovely ring. Just simple and beautiful and just gorgeous."
Read that all here. And surprisingly, their commenters don't like the article either:
"When accomplished women are being mentioned, what they look like, wear or buy is much more important than what they do and acomplish. Everybody knows that."Ooo. I think they hit a nerve. Because in 2 out of 2 comments, they got spanked for treating this engagement as if they were commenting on Lady Di instead of a statewide elected official. And the commenters are 100% right.
"I just wish we could be happy for her without reducing her to complete chickdom by talking about her ring or any other frilly details."
They just couldn't leave the ring out, and in coming months we're going to be treated to a barrage of "what dress will she wear" articles, along with "Here's what's in Stephanie's wedding registry at Wal Mart.." Okay, maybe not wal-mart, but you get my point.
The stage has been set for an insufferable year or so of engagement as the media speculates what kind of lacy things she's going to get at her shower, and whether she's going to pick a band or a dj and.....
So state media - Just stop it now. Stop it before it gets out of control. This is your one and only caution as I attempt to save your dignity.
You've been warned.