Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Saving TV News: More Knees!

WORDmeister note: In yesterday’s WORD, former NBC News boss Reuven Frank talked about the importance of making news interesting. Today, a different take on that.

Neanderthal Gatekeepers

“Ailes: ‘Move That Damn Laptop, I Can’t See Her Legs!’

“[Author Gabriel] Sherman relayed an anecdote of [Fox News boss Roger] Ailes regarding former Fox News reporter Kiran Chetry: ‘Anchor Bob Sellers remembered Ailes once calling the control booth. “I was doing the weekend show with Kiran Chetry. He called up and said, ‘Move that damn laptop, I can’t see her legs!’”

—Gabriel Sherman, author, “The Loudest Voice in the Newsroom,” reported in Media Matters, “I Can’t See Her Legs!”: Roger Ailes’ Rampant Sexism,” Jan. 13, 2014

• Editorial Comment: Megyn Kelly—Knees at 11?

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

North Wellsville Range

Original PeezPix for sale.

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