An LA film critic's recent assessment of women in network news employs a bizarrely biased system. Apparently, an anchor's worth is determined by the network on which she appears.
Thursday's Los Angeles magazine features an article by critic Steve Erickson, exalting the women of MSNBC and the networks "growing feminism."
I thought news networks aren't supposed to be political.
The piece, titled "How Women Have Helped MSNBC Tip the Cable-News Ratings Scales," hails the far left propaganda channel for surpassing Fox News, but he fails to tell the whole story.
Making sure to inject a dose of idiotic left-wing fiction about Trump's presidency, Erickson states:
“As the 45th presidency descends into psychodrama for which the price of admission is national shame, MSNBC has edged perennial front-runner Fox to become the top-rated cable news network by some metrics.”
Erickson's "metrics" remained unnamed -- and unsubstantiated. In fact, a press release by Fox News in January -- based on Nielsen ratings -- proclaims the right-leaning network as the "most-watched cable news channel" for the 16th year. Furthermore, the announcement names Hannity as the most-watched program in cable news.
Nevertheless, Erickson celebrates the women of MSNBC:
"Last fall, when politics, journalism, and entertainment were swept up in revelations of sexual abuse—with one of the most egregious offenders being the one who lives in the White House—what was conspicuous was the extent to which MSNBC’s resurgence has been driven by women."
Erickson claims that, in the women-in-media department, MSNBC topples CNN as well:
“The dominance of MSNBC’s female reporters, anchors, and commentators is more striking when compared with competitors CNN, with its all-male prime time, and Fox, whose few formidable women such as Megyn Kelly have bolted, telling tales of sexual predation."
Perhaps Erickson should stick to reviewing movies; according to numbers reported in January by The Wrap, Fox News leads in this category as well. Editor Jon Levine indicates:
“In total weekday hours for women, Fox News emerged as the cable news leader with 15 hours of coverage featuring women as either anchors or co-anchors. CNN and MSNBC each broadcast 11 hours with at least one female co-host.”
Unconfined by reality, Erickson presses on, naming the feminist ladies at MSNBC who are killing the competition. "Intrepid Kristen Welker, Kasie Hunt, and Hallie Jackson” are commended; “most incisive commentator” Joy Reid is congratulated; the “influential Mika Brzezinski” and the “departed Alex Wagner” are prized, as are Rachel Maddow, Nicolle Wallace, and Katy Tur, otherwise known as the “keepers of MSNBC’s current identity.”
Illustrating the objective nature of Erickson's assessment, Maddow is praised for her impressive composure while interviewing “White House hack Kellyanne Conway." Moreover, regarding Tur, he notes that “it’s a small consolation that long after the 45th presidency is blown off its hinges by its own gusts of duplicity, betrayal, and dementia” the anchor “will still be reporting from the front line of the second American civil war.”
Film critics have a simple job: they give their subjective impressions of cinematic works. Erickson clearly isn't used to writing facts about reality. For his fictional drama -- or perhaps comedy -- in Los Angeles magazine, we give him two enthusiastic thumbs down.