Not since Duranty, people, has a news organization been so horrifically wrong. On Saturday, the L.A. Times gave more credence to this execrable fiction than it has ever afforded a conservative leader or politician.

Behold the headline:
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Shouldn’t this assertion at least be attributed to some deluded hipster kid who has convinced a handful of people in Silver Lake that a 1994 middle-aged hippie dad is an inspiring fashion icon? Let’s not give it the imprimatur of a straight-up assertion of fact in a headline.

The combination of sandals and socks has long been seen as a major footwear faux pas.

And, as recently as last year when British department store Debenhams polled 1,500 customers on what they felt was the most egregious of all fashion offenses, sandals with socks ranked No. 1 — beating out platform shoes for men and scrunchies.

But proving that fashion is often wildly unpredictable, wearing sandals with socks is no longer a fashion misstep. This season, it’s suddenly a trend embraced by celebrities and fashion industry insiders who are pairing their Birkenstocks, clogs and even open-toed high-heel sandals with ankle-length socks.

The story offers as an example of this hot trend catching fi-yah, the Olsen twins donning gold Birkenstocks with ankle socks. And, although I admire the Olsen twins for their astounding entertainment alchemy—a catch phrase coupled with very little charisma became a billion-dollar business—they are the quintessential fashion plates of the Derelicte set. A barometer for determining the upper limit of silly crap the very richest of people will be wearing this season. Let’s hope this trend remains there, where it belongs.

But the author of this piece thinks this baby’s going mainstream. She closes with an equally horrific assertion:

Better hold on to those scrunchies, because you really just never know.

Okay, now she’s just screwing with me.