Numerous media outlets have covered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s first overseas trip to Israel. But among the many headlines, one distinguishes itself as particularly snarky and — offensive.
It’s no secret that Christie has struggled with his weight (he addressed the issue in an interview with Oprah Winfrey not long ago). In making numerous jabs about the governor’s visit to Israel and the Wailing Wall, in particular, The New York Post titled its story, “The Whale at the Wall.”
While many were consumed with questions surrounding what the trip would mean for Christie’s political career, it seems Carl Campanile of the Post, was more interested in penning quips about the governor’s weight. A look at the first two paragraphs of the story provides other corroboratory evidence (emphasis added):
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a huge impression at Israel’s Western Wall yesterday during his first official overseas trip as head of the Garden State.
Christie, wearing a yarmulke with his name and title embroidered on it, brought his political heft to the holiest Jewish site in Jerusalem, where he laid his hands on the rough-hewn stone, his eyes shut in prayer.
Also, let’s not forget the sub-header, which reads, “Christie weighs in at Israel holy site.”
Of course, the story did go on to provide pertinent information about the trip and the potential political impact it could have on Christie’s career moving forward. But one cannot help but wonder why numerous jabs about his weight were thrown into the article’s content and header, as it seems like an odd inclusion in a seemingly hard-news story.
(H/T: Business Insider)