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Nov 18, 2011

We are all sandal wearers

Crikey's media writer Margaret Simons has been live tweeting the proceedings from the media inquiry in Sydney this week. Yesterday she appeared before inquiry head Ray Finkelstein after lodging her own personal submission.

Crikey's media writer Margaret Simons has been live tweeting (@margaretsimons) the proceedings from the media inquiry in Sydney this week. Yesterday she appeared before inquiry head Ray Finkelstein after lodging her own personal submission. In an interesting exchange, Finkelstein questioned Simons on a number of subjects, including the capacity of the internet to significantly contribute to investigative journalism. The Daily Telegraph's Miranda Devine subsequently described Simons -- an award-winning author, freelance reporter and Director of the Centre for Advanced Journalism at Melbourne University amongst other things -- as "sandal-wearing freelance journalist and prolific tweeter Margaret Simons". To which several people replied, what does that even mean? Of course the real victim here is innocent footwear. Why slander sandals? But Devine would not back down. This is clearly an issue she's passionate about:
@mirandadevine No @MargaretSimons! Journalists. Do. Not. Wear. Sandals! We are suffering enough in #mediainquiry without completely trashing our reputation
Yes, it is an ill advised choice of shoe that's doing the real damage to the rep of hard working journalists everywhere. This is not the first time fashion has been defamed by someone from the News Limited stable (see The Age's account of Crook, Le Grand and the flannel shirt smear. For the record, it was cotton check.) Typically, Twitter has united behind our prolific tweeter and posted photos of their own maligned shoes (ed: me included). And in a gesture of goodwill, Simons has tweeted:

@MargaretSimons: #mediainquiry okay, the sandals are up for sale. Proceeds to Amnesty International. Taking bids... #mediainquiry

The strappy shoe in question:

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9 thoughts on “We are all sandal wearers

  1. puddleduck

    Well, Devine is WAY off the money. Sandals are BIG this year. I rather like Margaret’s – where are they from.

    Check out the fabulous FIFI Report – must read stuff every week. Here’s Fifi’s feature on footwear, today.

    http://www.fifi.com.au/fashion/19309/shoes-glorious-shoes/#more-19309

    If journo’s don’t wear sandals, obviously they ain’t in fashion. And they will have hot feet this summer. Not in a good way.

  2. Mark Presland

    The strappy shoes look ok, more comfortable than Mirandas Jackboots I bet.

  3. shepherdmarilyn

    Why wear shoes when it is hot? My 11 year old grand daughter does it and nearly dies of heat stroke every summer.

    I wear sandals without much leather and have cool feet, cool feet = cool body.

  4. [email protected]

    Oh, how the mighty are fallen! Sandals Margaret? And probably not even wearing gloves? I don’t believe I’ve ever read Devine but I must become a follower. I suspect I won’t enlarge my mind but at least I may become au fait with what to wear and when to wear it. No more fluffing around in what seems comfortable and appropriate!! Is Devine a major ‘nanny’ in what some see as our ‘nanny’ country? Or is she only self-appointed?

  5. Hathor

    I actually can’t believe that people follow Miranda devine on Twitter, anyway.

  6. Martin Hirst

    Has Gerard Henderson completely lost the plot, or just his
    shoe mojo?

  7. McLuvvin Hugh

    I, for one, welcome the turnaround from our ‘If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear’ journalists having a squeal when a legally constituted inquiry by the Crown has a look-see if the Australian media has anything to hide.

  8. AR

    I know less than zero about female footwear but surely $12.95 is a shame to all who care… about..umm… principle, journalistic standards, typing with toes or feet firmly in mouth like UnDivine?

  9. Edward James

    Miranda Divine is one of those self righteous Limited News censors. Bare feet public trust journalist Edward James

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