Nice to see the US media focusing on the real issues in the election

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Good grief

During the 10 a.m. ET hour of the July 16 broadcast of MSNBC Live, host Monica Novotny devoted a segment to discussing Sen. Hillary Clinton’s ‘new look,’ specifically the ‘short[ness]’ of Clinton’s hair and the fact that Clinton ‘shifted her part from the left side to the right side.’

At the beginning of the segment, Novotny contrasted a video of Clinton’s July 15 speech on the floor of the Senate with her official publicity photo in order to illustrate the difference, stating, ‘All right, if fashion — as far as hairdos go — isn’t your forte, Clinton’s hair is apparently shorter than it used to be, and she’s shifted her part from the left side to the right side.’

Novotny asked MSNBC congressional correspondent Mike Viqueira, ‘So, it’s Hillary’s part that’s shifted to the right? Not her political positions?’ Viquiera replied: ‘Monica, all I can say is, I’m not really crazy about standing here talking about a senator’s hair, especially Senator Clinton’s hair, but I’ll just say this: When it comes to senatorial hair, she’s way ahead of the game. I mean, we’ve got some combovers around here that are engineering marvels, modern engineering marvels, I tell you. And look, I mean, you know the price of Grecian Formula these days — I could use — I could use a raise for that, and some Rogaine.’

Novotny later stated: ‘Look, I’m just going to say this: I mean, you remember there have been some other reports where people were focused on other things, so I say, better the coif than the cleavage. That’s just me.’

As Media Matters for America documented, on July 30, 2007, MSNBC devoted a total of 23 minutes and 42 seconds to segments discussing Clinton’s (D-NY) ‘cleavage’ between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET.

Better the coif than the cleavage… oh yes, I get your point. We wouldn’t want people focusing on other things in this election, would we?

(Via Media Matters for America.)

2 comments on “Nice to see the US media focusing on the real issues in the election

  1. David Sims says:

    Check out the video on TED Talks by Alisa Miller: Why we know less than ever about the world Miller, head of Public Radio International, talks about why — though we want to know more about the world than ever — the US media is actually showing less. Eye-opening stats and graphs.

  2. Mark says:

    Just proves though..that news agencies couldn’t be bothered to report decent stuff..OR they too self absorbed. It’s a waste though…the other day on CNN, they broadcasted stuff about Paris Hilton. How that qualifies as “news” beats me.

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