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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Candy Crowley and The Blonde "Babes" of Fox News

Question:

Is the much respected Senior Political Correspondent from CNN, Candy Crowley, the only fat woman reporter on television?



Certainly the only one of her, ahem, stature professionally.

In fact, I can't even think of a local one here who APPROACHES Crowley's girth.

(The only one that possibly may qualify is NBC6's Kelly Craig, who has now been shunted off to the graveyard or weekend shifts, and also lends a hand when we go into 24-7 Hurricane mode. I used to think she was pregnant. Then even I realised pregnancies don't last 2 years straight...but with all due respect to Candy Crowley, it doesn't compare. Kelly Craig could be her lunch)

Notice that I didn't ask the equally brutally catty question of "Ugly".

In fact, there are a heck of a lot more unattractive female reporters who are prominent in their field of journalism.

For every wowzer like Jane Pauley, Paula Zahn, or Diane Sawyer, even a younger Connie Chung, there is a Beatles haircutted Christiane Amanpour, a reconstructive surgeried Greta Van Susteren (it wore off fast), or Andrea Mitchell, the latter of whom is SIMPLY hideous.

So the old-hoary chestnut response of television executives not wanting to "inflict" reporters on the public, who are anything but telegenic, just doesn't wash here.

Ugly, maybe; fat, never?

For the record, I don't care much either way -- if they are good journalists, they are good journalists.

But I find the topic interesting, as perhaps you do too.

We, who do not care for that perceived general bias by mainstream media, often forget there are internal biases within organisations as well.

Which brings us to the second part of my blogtitle post, The Blonde Reporters of Fox News.

I'm sure it hasn't escaped your notice that most of the female news anchors, reporters, news commentarists, colour analysts, and also-ran hosts on Rupert Murdoch's cable news network are almost to a Miss Clairol woman, blondies.

And pretty.

Very pretty.

My male readers would even go further, and call them outright "babes".

Surely, I am not the only one either, to think that this plethora of frosted highlights must be calculated on the part of Fox News?

And again, I repeat, if they are good journalists, who cares if they are pretty or ugly or red-headed or what?

But I bet you my bottom dollar certain people are much more offended that FNC favours blondes, than the fact that most networks shun fat women.

Why is that?

Possibly it has to do with feelings of guilt, because blondeness has a kind of forbidden fruit aspect to it in modern America.

In an age where persons of colour have been given redress for their previous exclusion, it smacks to some of reversal of this trend.

This is because it suggests superiority of some kind, and even to some (twisted by their own world views, to be sure), an injection of white supremacy.

What hogwash.

Before I go further, though, a voluntary disclosure: I am fair-haired.

I do not see why people of my hair tint should be ruled out from positions of television prominence, simply because they share my lighter follicles.

Despite my jesting tone, there is some deeper philosophical element at work here.

Just like many want to see people who look like themselves on television, people who are black, or from India, or East Asian, so too I don't mind seeing a type of reflection of myself on television either.

But back to the gals who put the foxy in Fox News (oh hush).

In case you don't exactly know the newsreaders here in the States, here's a handy site which proves my point about my cynicism:

Fox News Female Reporters (also here)
CNN Female Reporters
MSNBC Female Reporters

I count 34 of the 49 news reporters listed on Fox News as having or possibly being considered, fair-haired.

35 of 50, if you count the recently departed to MSNBC, Rita Cosby, who was über-Aryan.

36 of 51 if you count Fox News Watch commentator, Jane Hall.

You get the picture.

Of the non-blondes, such notables as the stunning black morning anchor, Lauren Green (my personal favourite, by the way), elegant Indian anchor, Uma Pemmaraju, the drop-dead hottie Fox contributor and fellow blogger, Michelle Malkin, as well as sultry Julie Banderas, count as above-average in the lookie-here department.

The question is not so much, why does Fox tend to favour the attractive, who also happen to be blonde a lot of the time, but rather, and this is so common sensical a question, as to be almost rhetorical...

...why can't other news networks find the same highly competent, engaging journalists for THEIR organisations, who simply happen to be beautiful and blonde?

The answer may lie in Answer A: Because the will is not there, as well as Answer B: It's not politically correct for them so to do.

But if we return to the case of Candy Crowley, Answer A fits, but Answer B...?

Seems that the portly get the real bum steer in all of this.

P.S.: If you wonder which of the news anchors combine the highest amount of good-looks and seem to have a good head on her shoulders as well, that answer undoubtedly is FNC's Dayside's Juliet Huddy.



Oh, and her co-anchor, Mike Jerrick, is blond too (heh).

Together, they have tremendous onscreen chemistry. Maybe the best since Judy Woodruff and Bernie Shaw plied their trade ensemble on CNN.

P.P.S.: No blonde jokes please. I've heard them all and I resemble a few. Especially the one about the Liquid Paper on the computer monitor. Freaks.

ADDENDUM: I am just reminded that JSU once showed me a pic of whom many consider the hottest newsreader not just in the US, but in the world. It's France's private news channel, LCI reporter, Melissa Theuriau. Warning! Viewing this link when male may reduce need for Cialis. Please consult your ball-and-chain before clicking.

IN THE COMMENTS: Commenter José points out that Gretchen Carlson, just signed on as news anchor this June 2005 apparently, is a former Miss America (!). I went to the site, and clicked further on her FNC bio. Hang on to your drawers.

In 1989, before starting her television career, she was the first classical violinist to be crowned Miss America. In 1990, Carlson graduated with honors from Stanford University and also studied at Oxford University in England.

Ladies and gentlmen, you can't beat that resume with a Ted Turner Atlanta Braves bat. Classical violinist, Miss America, Stanford, Oxford. Wow.

It doesn't stop there. I was tooling around the bios, to see what was what, and found out that:

Fox And Friends morning co-anchor, E.D. Hill, is not only another blondie, but she's the mother of 8 children (!).

(Didn't Meredith Vieira turn down 60 Minutes back in the '80s, to have ONE SON? I think ole E.D. could have taught her a lesson in professional coping)

Lauren Green, my fave as mentioned, rewards my taste by being a classical pianist, who has a CD out called "Classic Beauty". A pun, surely, as her bio mentions she was Miss Minnesota in 1984, and was third runner-up in the Miss America contest in 1985 (!!).

See -- it's not a coincidence.

Fox News is targetting the easiest on the eyes, who don't happen to be slouches in the brains department either.

Oh, and what I said about blondes, goes double for "Southern" as well. Fox News has the most twangs of any of the news channels.

I was shocked when CourTV's Nancy Grace signed for a side show on Headline News. But happy.

Southern, blonde, conservative and all, she's a harpie. Let CNN have her.

20 Comments:

  • Ummm, but I only watch FNC for the news, honest.

    I never get transfixed by Laurie Dhue's shiny, shiny, shiny lips. (or consider that she's like 17 feet tall)

    I don't think about this old Wonkette article about Julie Banderas' unusually long tongue whenever she appears on my screen.

    I don't let my mind wander and think what if those ridiculous Lauren Green/Sec. Rice rumors were true and I had a visual record of their liason.

    Even the not super hot women are really attractive on FNC, I love me some Brenda Buttner (heh, heh, heh, I said Buttner).

    But you didn't mention my favorite, the glorious Kiran Chetry.

    And many of the men aren't too bad over there if you are in to that sort of thing.

    (But true, no fatties, and Candy Crowley must know where some bodies are buried cause, besides the superficial reasons, she's not that good)

    And speaking of hypothetical famous couple sex tapes, I would imagine that if any Alan Greenspan/Andrea Martin tapes exist that they would violate all Geneva Conventions regarding torture should they be shown to anyone.

    By Blogger XWL, at Wed Dec 07, 06:31:00 am GMT-5  

  • I guess I must have hit the snooze alarm on the zietgeist here! While I concede I derive great joy from the fair-haired, exhibit A being her Sublime Bloggeress, Victoria, I don't want to deal with this during the news!

    While the anchor head is droning on about Serbian death camps or senatorial windbaggery, do I really want to be thinking, "Hey...nice highlights!"? It shows how jaded we've become...

    By Blogger Ron, at Wed Dec 07, 09:10:00 am GMT-5  

  • There's a reason Fox News is Number One !!! They definitely have the best hiring practices!

    I clicked on Gretchen Carlson just to see more details and her bio shows she was a Miss America!!! I think Victoria should post some pictures and her bio here! ;)

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Wed Dec 07, 10:23:00 am GMT-5  

  • Wow! 6'8" tall and fair-haired! Is there no end to your magnificence?

    By Anonymous Darrell, at Wed Dec 07, 11:50:00 am GMT-5  

  • Ummm, but I only watch FNC for the news, honest.

    Well, I have to. The male reporters and analysts...let's just say, don't share the magnificent looks of their female colleagues.

    Brit Hume, Shep, John Gibson (ick), ALAN FRIGGIN' COLMES...

    O'Reilly when younger was good-looking, but now he just looks like an old Irish cop.

    Only Hannity comes closest to handsome, and he is.

    I never get transfixed by Laurie Dhue's shiny, shiny, shiny lips. (or consider that she's like 17 feet tall)

    They all have shiny lips. ED Hill's reflects like a beacon in the morning.

    I don't think about this old Wonkette article about Julie Banderas' unusually long tongue whenever she appears on my screen.

    Eww. About Wonkette, not about Julie Banderas' antics.

    Ana Marie Cox has a lot to answer for.

    I don't let my mind wander and think what if those ridiculous Lauren Green/Sec. Rice rumors were true and I had a visual record of their liason.

    EWWWWW. This predilection men have for such visuals, I will NEVER understand.

    Anyway, the Jamie Rubin/Robert Reich sex trysts were so much better.

    (See!!)

    Even the not super hot women are really attractive on FNC, I love me some Brenda Buttner (heh, heh, heh, I said Buttner).

    But you didn't mention my favorite, the glorious Kiran Chetry.


    Buttner, Chetry.

    I am so out of the loop with men.

    I would've sworn you guys would prefer a Canadian Janice Dean (who came over from the Imus show), or especially Michelle Pfeiffer look-a-like, Page Hopkins.

    And many of the men aren't too bad over there if you are in to that sort of thing.

    Well, I disagreed with that above. But you're welcome to make your case. ;)

    (But true, no fatties, and Candy Crowley must know where some bodies are buried cause, besides the superficial reasons, she's not that good)

    She was allegedly kicked off from the Kerry campaign, and I read a blog comment from then, last night, that it was because she was "anti-Democrat".

    Bwahaha. The same woman who berated the Bush campaign in Iowa in 2000.

    Times, they are a-changin'.

    And speaking of hypothetical famous couple sex tapes, I would imagine that if any Alan Greenspan/Andrea Martin tapes exist that they would violate all Geneva Conventions regarding torture should they be shown to anyone.

    XWL, you are evil.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Dec 07, 01:35:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I guess I must have hit the snooze alarm on the zietgeist here! While I concede I derive great joy from the fair-haired, exhibit A being her Sublime Bloggeress, Victoria, I don't want to deal with this during the news!

    I'm not that fair-haired, Ron. Although when I highlight, I am. ;)

    While the anchor head is droning on about Serbian death camps or senatorial windbaggery, do I really want to be thinking, "Hey...nice highlights!"? It shows how jaded we've become...

    Hey don't blame the messenger, if the message stinks!

    You know, in all honesty, I am just average looks-wise.

    But my mother when young was simply stunning.

    And I tell you, when I close my eyes, I can recall my mother bending over to kiss me good night, dressed to the nines ready to go out to a New Years Party with my dad, and I can still smell her sweet perfume trail around her, as she read me a story before going to sleep.

    So you see -- that's a little like Gretchen Carlson, isn't it?

    My mother conditioned me well for Fox News. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Dec 07, 01:42:00 pm GMT-5  

  • There's a reason Fox News is Number One !!! They definitely have the best hiring practices!

    Not so fast, brother.

    How do you explain Belkis Nerey or Lynn Martinez then?? ;)

    I clicked on Gretchen Carlson just to see more details and her bio shows she was a Miss America!!!

    Did you see -- you made the comments with that.

    That was good click-thru' work, Jose!

    I think Victoria should post some pictures and her bio here! ;)

    Well. Dreams are free after all. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Dec 07, 01:46:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow! 6'8" tall and fair-haired! Is there no end to your magnificence?

    I snore, and erm...oh, yeah, I have a quick temper.

    I throw things when angry.

    I'm on my 12th mouse.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Dec 07, 01:48:00 pm GMT-5  

  • By the way, and Reader_Iam or Ruth Anne could possibly back me up here, but don't think that if I posted my photo, I would feel constrained not to be catty about women's looks.

    A commenter and I were chatting about that the other day, and I told him, nah.

    Women comment whether they themselves are ugly or not.

    It's a woman-thing. It's part of our socialisation process.

    And although I'm not mean, I CAN be mean. So there.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Dec 07, 01:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Tried to post a 3 paragraph-er earlier and it lost it all (or I did) which was much better than this. Really.
    Juliet Huddy is my favorite, I CANNOT stand Mike of the "used to be brownish gray hair", what a waste! Trying to look young is okay, but he tries to act like a teenager.
    Huddy is beautiful and smart, just like you, Victoria! But usually, I'm partial to dark hair and eyes. (In case anyone cared)
    I understand why guys like news shows with flaxen-haired beauties. Why do women? Can't be that many lesbians. Perhaps a lot of wanna be's?
    Walking through any mall says Fat is In, good ratings and our desire to look like someone else says it is not, excellent journalist or not. I, of course, wouldn't care. The rest of you are shallow.

    By Blogger Paul, at Wed Dec 07, 04:00:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Snoring just lets me know that
    all is well and my love is near. Was there ever a better invitation to join someone in blissful(and silent) slumber?

    Quick tempers go hand-in-hand with quick minds. What better excuse to do a little remodeling? Or get that new mouse? Or develop quick reflexes?

    Even your faults have upsides...

    By Anonymous Darrell, at Wed Dec 07, 05:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria:
    You mean that portrait *isn't* you? {gasp}

    And you're right about being able to comment on other women's appearance. See my note about Olga Korbut.

    BTW: Carol Iavana, night anchor gal on FOXNews, is, from the looks, not reed-slim. A little heavy on the black eyeliner, too. For the longest time, I thought her name was "Carolina Vaughana"...half listening and not looking at the screen, I guess.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Thu Dec 08, 12:36:00 am GMT-5  

  • Evil? Why thanks for the compliment.

    (though after all those Omen type movies of the 70s I was a little disappointed not to not find any '666' like birthmarks anywhere on my person)

    As far as my tastes, I was only speaking for myself, but personally I have an aesthetic aversion towards blondes (bottled or natural, though for Laurie Dhue I could make an exception)

    (redheads on the other hand. . . .)

    And as far as Andrea Martin's looks, she always puts me in mind of a DeMedici for some reason, I can't explain it, it doesn't make sense, but she looks how I picture that clan looking.

    And it's been posited that the reason men accept if not favor women only pornography is a fear of their own latent homosexuality. The theory goes that they are so afraid of other men's penises and the possibility of arousal due to same that they find ways to avoid ever seeing them, even in their porn preferences. But my comment was just meant to be cheeky, and call attention to the absurd rumors that some feel the need to spread about attractive, minority, intelligent women.

    (How did that last paragraph in there, it almost sounds serious, I need better editting)

    (and you are more right about the men than I was, But hot guys and TV news accept on the local guy in the field variety don't seem to mix)

    (and doesn't that last parenthetical statement show how secure I am in my masculinity, although in affirming that point with this parenthetical I may be undermining that impression severely, hmmm)

    By Blogger XWL, at Thu Dec 08, 12:47:00 am GMT-5  

  • Fat or skinny, pretty or ugly Candy Crowley is hot. She's got that sultry sureness in her voice, that I-see-right-through-you, queenly dignity that exudes erotic energy, the steamy,dangerous, not the slutty or girl-next-door kind. Things will happen you want but can't imagine if you tangle with this Lady. You should be so lucky. After Candy gets through with him, Ken will never go back to Barbie.

    Come on, now, Ted Turner, you started CNN the first all-news cable channel Now that TV reporters don't really report anymore and TV news anchors are swept away with their own celebrity, why don't you take the next step and start the all sex, all fantasy, 24-hour cable news channel? All pundits, all the time, all nude so we can talk about all their major bodily issues and forget the news (in the) altogether.

    By Blogger Zero 2 Infinity, at Sun Oct 28, 01:14:00 pm GMT-4  

  • nrsYou actually think the majority of blonde reporters on Fox News have anything important to say? Most of them have "very little" experience covering anything important. Candy could literally mop the floors with those empty-headed blonde dust
    mops. Leave the fat jokes at home.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Nov 16, 07:21:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I noticed lately that Candy Crowley seems to be looking better these days.She may be losing weight due to a surgical procedure or other means;whatever!! lets give her credit where due. She is a very ambitious reporter to continue her career in the face of such harsh criticism.It can't be easy to face all of that AND the blondies every day.Candy, keep on keepin' on!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Mar 25, 02:59:00 am GMT-4  

  • Have you checked out Diana Diaz on Miami's WSVN? I highly suggest!!!

    By Blogger patrick, at Sun Apr 06, 12:46:00 pm GMT-4  

  • It's amazing to me that Daryn Kagan's contract at CNN was not renewed and yet the non photogenic Candy Crowley, and unqualified Rick Sanchez & Tony Harris all received contract renewals. Sanchez probably because he speaks fluent Spanish, Crowley probably to avoid talks of visceral politics, and who knows why for the unqualified Harris. If Leon Harris were still there I would support it but Tony Harris is lacking. Regardless, Daryn Kagan should still be there and Soledad O'Brien is hot!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Nov 10, 08:30:00 am GMT-5  

  • Wow. I accidentally came upon this site while looking for an (intelligent) article by Candy Crowley. You are morons. Absolute morons. Hopefully, you are too young to vote -- like about Jr. High age, right? Very disturbing to read such shallow drivel. Don't respond; I'll never return to this site to read another word. Wow. How stupid you all sound.

    By Blogger pammywayne, at Sun Jan 31, 12:25:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I agree with "zero:

    "Candy Crowley is hot. She's got that sultry sureness in her voice, that I-see-right-through-you, queenly dignity that exudes erotic energy, the steamy,dangerous, not the slutty or girl-next-door kind. Things will happen you want but can't imagine if you tangle with this Lady. You should be so lucky. After Candy gets through with him, Ken will never go back to Barbie."

    Let me add, as a Professor, local columnist, and news addict, that she is the best interviewer and analyst on TV. Maddow and O'Reilly, bow down to CNN!

    By Blogger Richard, at Sun Apr 18, 10:18:00 pm GMT-4  

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