GUEST POST by JEREMY W. LAKASZCYCK
Jeremy Lakaszcyck is a candidate for an MFA in fiction at the University of Massachusetts in Boston where he teaches creative writing. He placed third in the 2009 Playboy College Fiction Contest for his story, “Casual Encounters.” He’s also co-created and worked as prose editor for Consequence, a journal focused on the culture of war in the 21st century.
TRADITIONAL VALUES, FOX NEWS STYLE: THOU SHALT BLONDIFY THY FEMALE ANCHORS (and ‘no Blacks’ either)
It’s no longer news that Fox News is the official voice of the GOP. Even Fox doesn’t deny it. In a recent Huffington Post article it’s noted that Fox News CEO Roger Ailes describes his station’s confrontation with the Obama administration as “the Alamo,” and that Fox News senior vice president Bill Shine says Fox is “the voice of opposition.”
It’s not so far-fetched to believe, then, that Fox News engenders the same views as the GOP. One might even conclude that just like the GOP, Fox News stands for “traditional values.” A phrase which, let’s be honest here, means God crazy. It’s ludicrous to think there is some kind of absolute moral barometer by which everyone should abide. But, for argument’s sake, let’s see what we can learn about “Traditional Values” while watching Fox News.
On the website for The Coalition for Traditional Values, in the section titled “Traditional Values Defined,” it states “Traditional Values are based upon Biblical Foundations…” Knowing this, I feel led to ask the question: is the blondification of news anchors/reporters a commandment in the Bible? According to Fox News, yes.
Don’t get mad Teabaggers. I did some research. To be fair, I chose a random three hours of the day to monitor Fox News. Yes, it was hell for those of you wondering…you can only view so many ‘news alerts’ (opinion pieces masquerading as real newsworthy events) before getting the urge to eat your own face off.
Between 8:50 A.M. and 11:50 A.M., on November 13, 2009, nine female reporters/anchors were observed on Fox News. Six appeared blonde, two had dark hair, and one was in between. Some (impaired) people might say, well, that’s just three hours of programming…that doesn’t encapsulate a whole day now does it? For these impaired people, there’s a website called TVheads.com, which posts images of news anchors/reporters from every major network, updating at least twice a month. If you’re thinking stalkercentral.com you’re right. One of the first answers in the FAQ section reads, “We do not share anchor e-mail or other contact info. You can generally find e-mail links at news websites.”
At any rate, out of the 74 images of female Fox News anchors/reporters, a staggering 44 appear to be blonde, 16 to have dark hair, and 28 in between.
If you don’t trust my eyesight or math (which is probably smart), just look at the five female anchors featured on Fox New’s daily lineup. All blonde. (yes, I know Jane Skinner changes it up once in a while, but she’s mostly blonde.) All of this blonde talk is merely the tip of an obvious iceberg: the huge absence of people of color as anchors/reporters on Fox News. Another commandment I must’ve missed; the one that says: ‘Thou art to employ three light-skinned people of color as reporters on your news network to make it seem as if you care about the plight of ‘the Blacks’.’
~end~ Photo credit: Megyn Kelly: jossip.com