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.
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A truly surface-level issue with some beneath-the-surface implications.
I made the mistake of reading the comments below the Atlantic article. I had forgotten that there are still people who strongly believe that Fox News is BOTH “unbiased” and “conservative”.
For those who are wondering though as to what FOX News IS, it’s “ENTERTAINMENT” infused with news. In other words, it’s a 24/7 reality show perpetrating itself as a news show. They wear so much make-up because they are NOT “news anchors”, they are “news ACTORS”, i.e. characters in Roger Ailes news entertainment empire. Sadly, these news actors have been playing their roles so long, they’ve started to believe they are the characters/roles they play on television - I’m sure there is a psychological disorder for that.