Style Over Substance…

This months More Magazine has a fashion layout for seven female journalists. Four of them appear on TV. Three of them got their big TV break on MSNBC.

Soledad O’Brien, Norah O’Donnell, Chris Jansing, Kathleen Parker, PBS Newshour’s Christina Bellantoni, Politico’s Maggie Haberman, and the NY Times’ Helene Cooper all get the More fashion treatment.

I suppose there’s a place for this fluff but considering More’s charter I would have liked to have seen the magazine tackle more controversial topics like how on air female talent get punished for getting older and the pressures they face and challenges they overcome to stay in the game.

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16 Responses to “Style Over Substance…”

  1. Incoming fire in 3…2…1…

  2. Highly successful yet still fully feminine. I’ve wondered before if these “Style” and “Sexy” pieces are a story that accomplished women in this industry want to tell but us guys just never quite get.

  3. Pretty women in nice dresses. I have no problem with fashion shoots.

  4. Interesting that none of FNC’s female journalists made the cut.

  5. ^ Really?

  6. Quite interesting. Especially since for years, Fox got bashed for putting attractive women on the air.

  7. Fritz, maybe it’s interesting that no female journalist from FNC made the More cut, but it’s not surprising. If you were a regular reader of More, like I am, you would know that it leans quite to the left.

  8. ^^Ahh! That explains it.

  9. You automatically assume that it was More’s decision to leave FNC out. I wouldn’t assume that…

  10. So Spud your saying FNC wouldn’t allow their lovey female journalists to appear in More.

    Why would that be? Three possibilities;
    1) because More is a left wing rag
    2) because they don’t want their female reporters to be portrayed as fashion slaves
    3) they don’t want comparisons between their female reporters and female reporters from other networks

    I can’t decide.

  11. 4) Because FBN/FNC do not with for their talent to appear with the ladies of the other channels.
    5) Because there may have recently been a photo-shoot for a similar article that will be published by a different magazine and now would not be a good time for this one.
    6) Because the women of FBN/FNC didn’t want to take part.

  12. Quite interesting. Especially since for years, Fox got bashed for putting attractive women on the air.

    I’ve never bashed them for hiring attractive women. I reserve that for the excessive makeup and “leg chairs”, which makes them look like the boy-toy fantasies of the creepy old men running that network.

  13. I’m with Spud on this. This fluff is typically harmless enough – the women here are widely respected journalists so it seems innocuous but there is a real problem in TV news where women experience a great deal of pressure about their appearance. Unfortunately, it is too often assumed that a woman’s substance is derived from her style and appearance and this kind of fluff just reinforces that idea. It is a burden that men in the business simply do not bear. I don’t blame the women who pose in these types of shoots – it is good publicity but I would LOVE to know their private, honest opinions about the damage that unrealistic beauty and fashion standards does to the careers of TV newswomen. Let’s face it, we all watch enough cable news to know there are many women who spend too much time in front of the mirror and not enough time reading a book. Who can blame them when the rewards for obsessing about one’s appearance is far greater than if you were just competent.

    This More article is not really an interest to me but for women who love fashion I guess it is of some value. What bugs me though is when people make comments about how impressed they are when a tv newswoman is “smart yet feminine” or “strong but not too manly” whatever that means. First, it seems vaguely homophobic, and secondly, WHO CARES?? As if it what you say only matters if your legs look good under the glass desk. No one ever says wow, he is masculine and can still do the news or he’s smart but still manly. That tie makes him look erudite. No, never hear that.

    All I gotta say is most of those women in that article would kill for Rachel Maddow’s ratings and viewership. Wear your pretty dresses ladies but if you wanna play with the big kids, maybe you should try putting on some pants. ;)

  14. I’m with Spud on this. This fluff is typically harmless enough – the women here are widely respected journalists so it seems innocuous but there is a real problem in TV news where women experience a great deal of pressure about their appearance. Unfortunately, it is too often assumed that a woman’s substance is derived from her style and appearance and this kind of fluff just reinforces that idea. It is a burden that men in the business simply do not bear. I don’t blame the women who pose in these types of shoots – it is good publicity but I would LOVE to know their private, honest opinions about the damage that unrealistic beauty and fashion standards does to the careers of TV newswomen. Let’s face it, we all watch enough cable news to know there are many women who spend too much time in front of the mirror and not enough time reading a book. Who can blame them when the rewards for obsessing about one’s appearance is far greater than if you were just competent.

    This More article is not really an interest to me but for women who love fashion I guess it is of some value. What bugs me though is when people make comments about how impressed they are when a tv newswoman is “smart yet feminine” or “strong but not too manly” whatever that means. First, it seems vaguely h0m0ph0bic, and secondly, WHO CARES? As if it what you say only matters if your legs look good under the glass desk. No one ever says wow, he is masculine and can still do the news or he’s smart but still manly. That tie makes him look erudite. No, never hear that.

    All I gotta say is most of those women in that article would kill for Rachel Maddow’s ratings and viewership. Wear your pretty dresses ladies but if you wanna play with the big kids, maybe you should try putting on some pants. ;)

  15. Nobody said anything about you, paranoid Joey.

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