Glamour Journalist Practicing Appearance Journalism

I confess that I watch a lot of television programing dealing with progressive issues, particularly women progressive issues, longtime favorite is, To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe on my local PBS station WNET Saturday’s, which is always DVR’d, the idea eye opener for this post occurred on the broadcast that aired on 04/28/2017 with the appearance of Alveda King, an American activist not on a panel but in a short-recorded segment, the stand out for me was she appeared with gray hair. To the Contrary is well known for engaging in discussion on every progressive issue under the sun except for two let’s just call them the third rails of women’s issues, gray hair and age, for the sake of this post, no age numbers will be offered here. Long time and frequent panelist is United States Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, my guess she is the oldest reoccurring panelist, not once did she appear with gray hair. As a side, I had to stop watching my much-loved ABC’s The View as I began to find an offence that no matter how old the women not one would dare appear with gray hair, I take that back, Jamie Lee Curtis did it once or twice. As progressive as both Contrary and View are on women’s progressive issues they dare not cross the cultural reptilian crocodilian line on aging and gray hair on women, not to mention baldness in public for fear of being bitten in the rear, now male television personalities are joining in looking just as silly as female age deniers confirming that gender fountain of youth fakery not only exist in the mind but on the surface too and is not gender specific, with the laughter of on-looking observers, but don’t tell anybody, let them think they are convincing. One last thought, industry wide, Fox News, though not exclusively, seem to employ the most ‘glamour journalist’ as news contributors practicing ‘appearance journalism’ than other network, which may explain in part the number of their harassment payouts, forgive me, for just thinking out loud…