Is the news a beauty contest or just discriminating?

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How did you like that title!

Now I will talk about the topic. The article entitled, "Anchors are Performers...not journalists" seemed to be very true. When watching television, the news reporters look like models. There hair, make-up, appeal, and body features are perfect. They are prepared to look like movie stars, but why? Well, I would guess that we do not want to have people on television speaking about the news if they do not look good because the audience would probably not like that. So, the news now seems like it is discriminating against who can be a news reporter or not? We do not have control over how we look so why should they be able to judge us on our looks?

The assignment editors and top management professionals do not have to be "on-air" so they can look pretty or not.

It really made me upset when the article said, "An hour before airtime, they put on their makeup and go over the copy others have written for them" (Byron). The news reporters seem to get all of the credit because they are on-air and speaking about the news. What about the backstage professionals who have to write the news, prepare the reporters, and decide on what gets covered and what does not. They should at least have a long set of "credits" at the end of each production to honor the other people who do not get any attention.

Why does our culture put so much emphasize on someone looking good instead of someone who can speak and produce great news, but does not have the looks?

Click here for the web page devoted to Byron.

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I touched on the same concept in my entry. I think the blame trickles down to each of us individually and then, bundles into the whole that makes us a society. These are issues that spread across a much grander scale. Culturally ours is one that places beauty on a pedestal, just look at how many magazines are devoted to celebrity news. Although, I do feel like recently the desire to be educated is making a comeback. An image markets itself. One image can convey a variety of expectations, and vice versa—a variety of expectations can be contained inside one image. You know that saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words."

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