Wednesday, September 6

What would a news recap be without mention of 'famous legs'?

The AP reports that Katie Couric's takeover of the CBS evening news went off without a hitch, can you imagine? A woman who has been living in insipid morning-news land actually pulled it off! Magnificent!

But please don't ever forget that as a woman, she is automatically subject to this kind of prose:

As the end credits rolled, Couric, wearing a white jacket over a black shirt and skirt, was leaning against the edge of her desk, showing her famous legs.

Someone who's older than I am, please tell me, when Walter Cronkite or Peter Jennings or whoever took over the nightly news, did the news stories the next day talk about his handsomly tailored suit, the color of its pinstripes, and the newscaster's famous ... Adam's apple ... eyes ... wrists ... anything?

I actually saw a few minutes of Couric's maiden broadcast, and I have to say, she has a very warm and empathetic demeanor that I quite enjoyed for the few minutes I experienced it. As for what stories she decides — or helps decide — to cover, well, who gives a fuck? I don't watch evening news; I work.


Blogger Brandonian said...

Peter Jennings' wrists are hawt...

Wed Sep 06, 11:31:00 AM  
Blogger TVonthefritz said...

It's so disgusting. The NY Post spent an entire paragraph describing Katie Couric's outfit. I wanted to vomit.

Wed Sep 06, 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger newscoma said...

This pisses me off more than I can ever express.

Wed Sep 06, 06:03:00 PM  
Blogger David Holt said...

Let me just add that as you blog you are wearing a very nice low cut... well I guess I shouldn't go into that, huh? :-)

Wed Sep 06, 09:30:00 PM  
Blogger theogeo said...

Brandon, I can't argue with that. May he and his wrists rest in peace.

TV, Newscoma, this shit just never ends, does it?

David, don't you even start!

Thu Sep 07, 03:49:00 AM  
Blogger Ed Buckby said...

Oddly enough, I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that while men don't usually recognize a handsome or well-tailored man on TV, they will recognize an attractive female or at least attractive female attributes.

On the other hand, women take notice of both, so I don't think it's particularly odd that a man or woman would recognize something like that about a woman.

I don't think it's about sexism nearly as it is about demographics if you will. Attractive men are noticed by women. Attractive women are recognized by both men and women.

Another great example of it is television. How many very attractive female characters are married to men that couldn't POSSIBLY hope to merit their attention in real life? Ever see the opposite?

Wed Sep 13, 10:21:00 PM  

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