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August 25, 2012
theatlantic:

Foxy Ladies: Why One Network Applies So Much Makeup

Of course, TV news shows have always put a premium on appearance, more so for women than for men. And it’s hardly a revelation that some networks place more pressure on women than do others: C-SPAN has no makeup room at all, just a collection of powder compacts that guests can use if they are so inclined. At MSNBC, Rachel Maddow is known to prefer minimal makeup, while other anchors want more, and the artists oblige with a range of choices, from neutral tones to berry hues. Bloomberg TV tends toward the corporate aesthetic; CNN favors a professional style that makes women and men look crisp, as if they have been ironed. As for Fox, suffice it to say that there is a YouTube montage devoted to leg shots of Fox anchors, who are often outfitted in body-hugging dresses of vibrant red and turquoise, their eyes enhanced by not only liner and shadow but also false lashes. A Fox regular once commented to me that she gets more calls from network management about her hair, clothes, and makeup than about what she says. “I just think of it as a uniform,” she said of her getup.

Read more. [Image: Charles Ommanney/Getty]

A truly surface-level issue with some beneath-the-surface implications.

theatlantic:

Foxy Ladies: Why One Network Applies So Much Makeup

Of course, TV news shows have always put a premium on appearance, more so for women than for men. And it’s hardly a revelation that some networks place more pressure on women than do others: C-SPAN has no makeup room at all, just a collection of powder compacts that guests can use if they are so inclined. At MSNBC, Rachel Maddow is known to prefer minimal makeup, while other anchors want more, and the artists oblige with a range of choices, from neutral tones to berry hues. Bloomberg TV tends toward the corporate aesthetic; CNN favors a professional style that makes women and men look crisp, as if they have been ironed. As for Fox, suffice it to say that there is a YouTube montage devoted to leg shots of Fox anchors, who are often outfitted in body-hugging dresses of vibrant red and turquoise, their eyes enhanced by not only liner and shadow but also false lashes. A Fox regular once commented to me that she gets more calls from network management about her hair, clothes, and makeup than about what she says. “I just think of it as a uniform,” she said of her getup.

Read more. [Image: Charles Ommanney/Getty]

A truly surface-level issue with some beneath-the-surface implications.

(via businessoutsider)

12:53 // 1 year ago
August 23, 2012
14:58 // 1 year ago
July 25, 2012
Get rid of ObamaCare! Now! It’s a really good idea … if your plan is to do the exact opposite of what you’re trying to achieve on controlling the deficit. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday said ObamaCare will actually work to shrink, not enlarge, our fiscal budget headache.
More details from the CBO here. Important story for truth. (via hypervocal)

For fans of effects that are literally the opposite of what’s intended. 

(via hypervocal)

9:25 // 2 years ago
July 19, 2012
producermatthew:

FOX: George Zimmerman breaks his silence on Trayvon Martin case

Worth noting that Zimmerman and Hannity had a prior relationship — while with his original lawyers, Zimmerman talked directly to the Fox News host, even though he wasn’t authorized to.

producermatthew:

FOX: George Zimmerman breaks his silence on Trayvon Martin case

Worth noting that Zimmerman and Hannity had a prior relationship — while with his original lawyers, Zimmerman talked directly to the Fox News host, even though he wasn’t authorized to.

13:28 // 2 years ago
July 8, 2012
Into his conference call, the CNN producer says (correctly) that the Court has held that the individual mandate cannot be sustained under the Commerce Clause, and (incorrectly) that it therefore ‘looks like’ the mandate has been struck down. The control room asks whether they can ‘go with’ it, and after a pause, he says yes.
SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein • Looking back at what caused the mistaken reporting of the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision, in a minute-by-minute breakdown. In case you need something very epic to read, here you go — Goldstein’s post, which he claims is his first effort at “real journalism,” is 7,000 freaking words long. Or, you know, longer than the usual article we link. (ht Dave Weigel)
10:51 // 2 years ago
July 2, 2012
10:53 // 2 years ago
June 28, 2012

Surprise! Excuses have arrived for this morning’s incorrect SCOTUS reports

  • cnn In a statement, the network blamed their much-maligned error on earnest reporting of the decision as it was read by Chief Justice Roberts. Admitting their mistake, the statement says that “CNN regrets that it didn’t wait to report out the full and complete opinion regarding the mandate. We made a correction within a few minutes and apologize for the error.”
  • fox news Fox pointed to earnest reporting as the cause of incorrect reporting too, but with a small difference. They don’t think their actions merit an apology, saying, “By contrast, one other cable network was unable to get their Supreme Court reporter to the camera … Another said it was a big setback for the President. Fox reported the facts, as they came in.” source

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14:53 // 2 years ago
June 14, 2012

On HuffPo and the legitimacy of a news outlet

musingsbymattheous says: Can you please stop acting like The Huffington Post is a legitimate news source? They’re worst than Fox News.

» SFB says: FWIW, they have more Pulitzers than Fox News does. (One.) While we have our disagreements with HuffPo’s style of aggregation and approach at times, they are a legitimate news source and they do their own original reporting. If they do something questionable (which happens from time to time), we’ll call them out on it, just like we do with Fox News or any other outlet. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t make them illegitimate; it just puts them up for more scrutiny. — Ernie @ SFB

13:32 // 2 years ago
June 5, 2012
CNN and Fox News also calling: Wolf Blitzer says that the results are overall trending for Walker.

CNN and Fox News also calling: Wolf Blitzer says that the results are overall trending for Walker.

22:00 // 2 years ago
May 22, 2012
Jon Stewart is a comedian. He wouldn’t do well without Fox. And he basically has admitted to me, in a bar, that he’s a socialist.
Fox News chief Roger Ailes • Speaking about “The Daily Show” host at Ohio University on Monday. This is malarkey — Jon Stewart would never go to a bar with Roger Ailes!
10:44 // 2 years ago