- By Ty McCormickTy McCormick is an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Previously he was a freelance correspondent in Egypt, where he wrote about everything from military trials to revolutionary rap music. A 2011 Pulitzer Center grantee, he has written for Newsweek, the New Republic, the International Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He has also appeared as a commentator on Fox News and American Public Media’s Marketplace Tech. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s from the University of Oxford, where he was a Clarendon scholar.
Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour is reportedly under consideration to replace Louis Susman as the next ambassador to the United Kingdom. Bloomberg reports:
Wintour, 63, may have some competition for the London posting; Matthew Barzun, finance chairman of Obama’s presidential campaign, also is interested in the job, officially known as ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, said the people, who requested anonymity when discussing possible personnel moves.
Both Wintour and Barzun were among Obama’s biggest bundlers of donations in the campaign, with each raising more than $500,000 to help re-elect the president.
If tapped for the job, the British born fashionista wouldn’t be the only envoy with, er, unusual credentials — the current U.S. ambassador to Ireland is probably best known as the former owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame — but she would be the first to have been mockingly portrayed by Meryl Streep in a popular film. Wintour, who is known colloquially as "Nuclear Wintour," assured CBS’s Morley Safer back in 2009 that "if sometimes one comes across as cold or brusque, it’s simply because I’m striving for the best."
It is, no doubt, all that striving that earned her the Walter Duranty Prize for journalistic mendacity this year. She and Vogue writer Joan Juliet Buck were jointly awarded the satirical prize for the 2011 cover story "Asma al-Assad: A Rose in the Desert," which came out just as the Syrian regime began to brutally massacre its people. (The article was later scrubbed from Vogue‘s website.)
If Wintour’s British posting goes smoothly, and if Bashar al-Assad is still kicking in a few years, why not Ambassador to Syria?