Yes, this is 100% real.
Twitter world, meet Joe Kahn, the new executive editor of the New York Times who thought it would be a good idea to introduce himself to readers with this snazzy photo and profile in New York Magazine:
— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 20, 2022
You’ve heard of toxic masculinity? This could be the opposite of that:
Untoxic masculinity is a problem. https://t.co/MHsiataNqk
— Tony Katz (@tonykatz) April 20, 2022
And the caption says “relaxing with the paper”:
Caption says he’s “relaxing with the paper”??? https://t.co/7yPENbHFri
— Howard Beale’s hate child (@BealesHateChild) April 20, 2022
Because this is totally how normal people “relax” while reading a newspaper?
“Idiot Boy, we’re making you executive editor of the New York Times. You know how to sit in a chair, right?” pic.twitter.com/Mv6cuH16Rh
— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) April 20, 2022
It actually looks like he fell off his chair:
Tip the cup over and it looks like he fell off his chair. https://t.co/hDzmS3mTCt
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) April 20, 2022
Maybe it’s a Life Alert commercial? “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”:
Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!
— Dee Moorman (@newzmom) April 20, 2022
And remember the character named Gunther on “Friends”?
He was always interesting playing Gunther, on Friends. https://t.co/xqUG1XLqPE
— Deebs (@DeebsFLA) April 20, 2022
I loved him on Friends as Gunther! pic.twitter.com/4NZ1ZKCT92
— Matty Matt Matt Matt (@MindOverMatt71) April 20, 2022
There are other comparisons as well. . .
Such as this iconic image from “South Park”:
same energy pic.twitter.com/bOhX4NzEcA
— Josemaría Piulada (@txiokatu) April 20, 2022
Leave to Iowahawk to send us racing for the eye bleach:
Before / After
Ask What a Degree From Columbia Journalism School Can Do For You pic.twitter.com/hBdo3sImDf
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) April 20, 2022
It does have a George Costanza vibe, too:
— Mark Judge (@markgjudge) April 20, 2022
We’ll also point out there’s some substantial criticism of the piece. The WaPo’s Felicia Sonmez noted that no women were quoted in the article:
One might think it’s impossible to write a 6,000-plus-word story without quoting a single woman, but … one would be wrong! https://t.co/JQFOTmanq1
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) April 19, 2022
What say you, New York Times?