This particular Salon story was aimed at a comment Obama made about the California AG Kamala Harris, but let's go deeper.
1) A double standard exists concerning the way journalists describe the appearance of men and of women. Doesn't it? Am I being PC? If it does exist, is it a big deal? Why?
2) Okay. You are a young ambitious reporter, neat and presentable, probably female but not *necessarily* female. The person you are interviewing makes comments about your appearance. Do you include these comments in your story?
3) The salon writer talks about how women in TV tend to be better looking than their male counterparts. Is that your observation also? Are such hiring decisions ethical? To what degree would you use your appearance to get a job? To what degree would you use good grooming to get a job! And - moving on into another aspect of all this - would you, Ms. or Mr. Young Reporter, use your physical appearance to get a source to open up? Remember Seeming to be young, attractive and just a little dim - the Blond/Blonde ploy, which can work for both sexes - can get a source to lower his/her guard.