If there was any lingering doubt that Fox News is nothing more than tabloid television, the December issue of GQ should put those doubts to rest. In it Fox News “darling” Megyn Kelly poses in her underwear for a feature titled “She Reports, We Decided She’s Hot.”
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is the state of cable news. Underwear spreads of our “darlings” in a men’s magazine. Can you picture Dan Rather doing such a spread? How about Tom Brokow? Katie Couric? Heck, Jon Stewart?
In the article Kelly pokes fun at rumors she’s had an affair with Britt Hume and vigorously defends Glenn Beck, going so far as suggesting that if a person has a problem with Beck then they must not like the First Amendment.
The problem with Kelly’s appearance in GQ is not so much her decision to show a lot of skin (at least I’m going to assume the decision was hers), but that the entire nature of the article and accompanying pictures debases an already troubled medium. Despite the existence of more and more avenues for gathering information, political reporting has de-evolved into infotainment rather than actually informing or educating the public. Fox News and similarly partisan outlets have played a major role in the dumbing down of the American political debate despite their focus on bringing citizens “news” around the clock.
And Kelly’s role in this is especially troubling for women reporters or journalists everywhere. It’s nearly impossible to distinguish whether Kelly’s popularity stems from her good looks or her journalism chops. But if she’s hoping to be taken seriously as a professional, posing in your underwear is probably not the way to go.
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