Times Doubles Down on Kiddie Luxury With Tales of Private Jet Campers

The Times, which last week reported upon five-figure playhouses for children, today tells the story of campers who fly to summer camp in private jets. (Only Moms and Dads are interviewed in both instances.) Today’s story, in the Metro section, reads more critically than the Home & Garden snapshot of luxury playhouses (“bling for the yard,” as one mother calls them in a quote used subversively, or not); that article ends in a list of luxury playhouse retailers.

The subversion in the private-planes article, though, is far more explicit–while the Governor of Maine shows up, extolling the economic boost the planes provide, the chilly absence of actual children builds to an uncanny feeling of dread. By article’s end, a mother has decided to send her children to camp in Europe to avoid the “crazy world” of luxury-seeking families. That’ll solve everything! (Can her kids pick us up a few copies of some European papers that don’t play a double game of “mocking” and glorifying luxury–you know, after their horseback lessons?)

ddaddario@observer.com :: @DPD_


  1. James P. Francomano says:

    It’s pretty explicit. The Obama sound bite on the revenue impasse in Congress is all about how artifically cheap it is to own and operate the jets. I’m all for taxing the rich and yet even I’m embarrassed to see the Times stoop to this level. There needs to be a FOX News for progressives (and if you think NPR qualifies you don’t know what progressive means.)

  2. James P. Francomano says:

    As things stand we only have the Times to do our dirty work.