Small favors.

Just a quick entry before I trot off for a half day of training in Final Cut Pro video editing — yo, just another sausage for the mixed grill of my unimpressive resume — but I saw this and had to say one quick prayer of thanksgiving:

Thank God I don’t work in television.

Posted at 9:26 am in Uncategorized |

7 responses to “Small favors.”

  1. alex said on February 17, 2004 at 9:52 am

    Like anyone looks good�HDTV or no�with a face that’s distorted by stretching it halfway around their head?

    Look at Joan Rivers, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Barbara Walters�not only do they look like septuagenerians, but freaks besides. They don’t have any facial expression anymore because there’s no “give.”

    Katie’s got those smiling eyes. They’re her trademark. I’m sure gonna miss ’em.

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  2. Randy said on February 17, 2004 at 11:41 am

    I’m still recovering from Al Roker’s stomach stapling, not to mention Matt Lauer’s brush cut. If Ann Curry does *anything* other than a manicure or an eyebrow pluck, I’m going to become very unsettled.

    I just can’t believe these serious, hard-core journalists are so obsessed with their looks… Shouldn’t the relentless pursuit of the story come first? Because if the Today show isn’t going to keep us informed, who will?

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  3. Michael G said on February 17, 2004 at 12:58 pm

    Endotine? Makes my skin crawl.

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  4. Nance said on February 17, 2004 at 1:56 pm

    I, too, don’t understand the obsession with looks. I mean, for cryin’ out loud, Katie Couric’s a beautiful woman in her mid-40s. If she has a few wrinkles, bfd — she’s earned them. Diane Sawyer is now shot through so many layers of gauze I suspect Bob Guccione’s her lighting man. If given the choice between experience/looser flesh and no experience/taut neckline, I know which one I’d take. I live in an entry-level TV market, and believe me, it ain’t pretty.

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  5. tso said on February 17, 2004 at 2:08 pm

    A sad commentary. And it defeats the purpose. As a previous commenter said, Joan Rivers, Mary Tyler Moore, etc.. are fooling no one and look worse than if they’d just aged gracefully. Reminds me of ballplayers who ruin their health with steriods in order to prolong their career. It just seems unseemly for any career to so define who you are that you go to those extremes.

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  6. deb said on February 17, 2004 at 9:02 pm

    the thing that kills me about women who turn to cosmetic surgery is the unspeakable risk of it all going terribly wrong. i know a woman whose sister had a pretty thorough going-over at a very young age, primarily because her husband kept telling her she was “ugly.” (she wasn’t.) now, some 25 years later, she looks horrible because her face is tight in places where it shouldn’t be, while the rest of her mug succumbs to the laws of gravity. she looks dreadful. i hope — as does her sister — that her departed husband is rotting in hell.

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  7. Vince said on February 17, 2004 at 9:43 pm

    Sadly, TV folks do obsess over their looks.

    Print reporers are supposed to obsess over their facts.

    Too bad this article blew it. HDTV doesn’t have to make every pore jump out of your face. Current studio cameras actually can be tweaked to smooth out flesh tones. Blemishes become far less noticeable. Yep, they can program the cameras for certain colors.

    As high tech as HDTV is, I can assure you, they can do the same with the new cams. So I don’t buy the HDTV excuse.

    If Katie’s getting plastic surgery, call it for what it is: vanity.

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