I would just like to take this opportunity to point out that our culture is obsessed with beautiful people. I realize this is not groundbreaking information. However, this obsession has now seeped into the delivery of our information. People are now being hired to report the news based on the way they look. FoxNews is at the forefront of this phenomenon.
Now I’m not saying that all of these women are just pretty faces. Megyn Kelly and Jane Skinner, for instance, are/were (Skinner just retired) very good at their jobs. But it’s pretty clear there’s a trend of hotness happening here. FoxNews apparently believes we in the huddled masses will be more apt to watch their news broadcasts because there are attractive women on the screen. They are probably correct. However, this does not mean it is right that they do this. In fact, it is just plain wrong.
Where is the solidarity with plain people? Where?! It’s nowhere! Most folks aren’t gorgeous. The world needs to celebrate plain people, and place them on tv. Particularly if those plain people are good at reporting the news. This is one place where CNN, and even the howls at MSNBC, defeat Fox hands down. They’re not afraid to bust out a Candy Crowley or a Rachel Maddow.
FoxNews should not be afraid to place individuals before our eyes who are excellent reporters but perhaps wouldn’t appear in a clothing catalog modeling some sort of frock. Make it happen Rupert.
In spite of the Conservatism flowing through my soul, you may be surprised to know that I’ve at times found myself unable to heartily enjoy FoxNews. While I appreciate the fact that they allow the right-ward voice to be heard, I think they go overboard many times in attempting to present news items in Conservative fashion. That isn’t really ‘fair and balanced’, and is just what CNN does in reverse (in the right way, you might be thinking… fair enough). And I’m reserving MSNBC for their own esteemed pathetic category simply because of the seething nature of the Olbermann, Madow bitterness – someone needs a hug.
So my interest was piqued earlier this month when Prez Obama’s interim Communications Director Anita Dunn declared war on the network:
We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent. As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House… we don’t need to pretend that this is the way legitimate news organizations behave.
Statements like these are just ill advised in addition to vastly hypocritical! When you believe you have the power to dubb news networks acceptable or nay that’s just heaps of fodder for folks like Rush and Sarah Palin when they declare liberalism to be the stuff of the Eastern Elite. And it also seems to give credence to a guy like Glenn Beck when he says the government is trying to snuff out all voices of dissent – because that’s precisely what it sounds like! But more on the hypocrisy in just a second.
The thing of it is, I actually think Fox would better serve folks simply by reporting the news when they’re not broadcasting an opinion program. That opinion program concept is important and totally acceptable – that’s what Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Keith Olbermann are. Those shows are upfront (sometimes) about the views being expressed originating from the host. Entertainment and opinion are their purpose. But during the rest of a normal day on Fox, a casual viewer can find newspersons like Megyn Kelly and Julie Banderas injecting their opinions into the coverage. Oftentimes the stories themselves are set up in a way to present the Conservative viewpoint positively – the tea parties were defintely such a creature. BUT…
The White House should be ashamed of the sheer magnitude of their hypocrisy in this buffoonery. While snide and demeaning rhetoric from the left is the meat and potatoes of MSNBC, and CNN has been historically derided as the “Clinton News Network” for good reason, the Obama-cons say that it isn’t okay to report the news with an agenda?! And the cherry on top of this sundae of silliness - Anita Dunn made her comments to the New York Times! A vessel of fairness… balance… leftist propaganda for time immemorial! While I wish that Fox would actually be fair and balanced, beholding them under assault for simply doing the same thing as their opponent news networks in a Conservative way sort of makes you want to give them a big hug. Like some sort of giant Conservative teddy bear.