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O.K., here we go. The warm weather hasn’t even arrived and I see Channel 5’s on camera female stars are already glamming up with outfits that are more suited for the red carpet at the Oscars.

On Friday consumer reporter Lisa Parker sported a snug fitting blouse with all sorts of gaps to show off her bare shoulders and upper arms. It was the kind of get-up you’d see a model wear on the cover of Vogue.

Monday, Marion Brooks was doing the news in a shoulder and upper torso skin baring top that looked more like a one piece swim suit. I’m no prude and neither of these women showed off cleavage but these ball gown ultra chic outfits don’t seem appropriate when you’re reading newscasts about murders, fires and consumer fraud.

As I’ve noted before, we get it ladies. You’ve been working out and toning your bodies and lotioning up your skin, but the bare shoulders and gun show displays are a bit much. Cheryl Scott often catches hell for her scuba diver suit tight dresses but the ‘dig how much skin I can show off’ tops seem just as unprofessional.

The on camera male stars are always respectable in shirts, ties and suit coats. I’m not saying the women should wear frumpy polyester jackets or burkas but they should save the leopard print backless halter tops for date nights with their husbands or boyfriends. You’re reporting on big city news, be professional and dress the part.
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    Monday, May 08 2017, 06:58 PM - #permalink
    Fox News got in trouble over rampant sexism yet its common to see women at any news station - anchor or a weather woman - in those tacky looking form fitting dresses.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2015/11/24/fashion_advice_from_women_meteorologists_and_why_they_all_wear_the_same.html
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    Monday, May 08 2017, 07:11 PM - #permalink
    It's not just NBC 5 doing this. It is happening on almost all local newscasts in Chicago and nationwide. Men wear suits and look respectable (and are allowed to age), while the women need to look like they are young ladies on the way to a nightclub to pick up a new boyfriend or on route to a porno film shoot. FOX News was not the first to do this, but once FOX News hit it big using that formula, TV consultants jumped on that chauvinistic bandwagon and have been telling all stations to follow that same format. It's a damn shame and unfair to the women (and to the viewers), but since the formula has been working and the local stations are desperate for any ratings, it is trend that will only get worse, not better.
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    Monday, May 08 2017, 09:13 PM - #permalink
    Great line about the ladies looking like they're hitting a nightclub to pick up a new boyfriend Larz. Hah! The funniest (or saddest display) of the glammed up women is on the Fox News show "Outnumbered",.the women there are crammed into tight outfits with mini skirts hiked WAY up to show their crossed waxed legs and spiked heels. The couch on the set accentuates this gam show and the women look ridiculous losing any and all news credibility.

    And you're right, other networks pull this idiocy too. I enjoy Brooke Baldwin's work on CNN but there are times when the tops she wears basically shout out "I need a man to stare at me right now!" Sorry Brooke, you're not "empowered", you're kow-towing to a low common denominator.

    For all those who think women "have come a long way", this 'show off all you can' directive tells me they haven't come very far at all. I pine for the days of class acts like Carol Marin, Mary Ann Childers or Joan Espositio in Chicago or former CNN anchor Lynn Russell who delivered the news straight up with class.
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 09:05 AM - #permalink
    Amen, Larry! Those women you mentioned are/were very much class acts, who slowly and sadly got disappeared from the main stage after they reached a "certain age," unlike their male counterparts. [I would add to that list the wonderful Linda Ellerbee.] They all graced us viewers with their intelligence and straightforward professionalism and are missed. So glad Carol is still around, at least on Chicago Tonight. Her skills as a tough, unflinching reporter, interviewer and panel moderator are unmatched and a wonder to behold. I also agree with Larz that this unfortunate trend of cranking out Hoochie Reporter Barbies will only get worse.
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 10:51 AM - #permalink
    The women dressing for a night out isn't the only problem change in local TV newscasts lately. Us older folks are still not used to the casual approach and anchors laughing and being personalities in between stories.

    It's a long way since the days of Floyd Kalber not so much as cracking a smile until his "And finally....." story at the end of the Channel 5 news at 10:00 each night. WGN-TV is the biggest culprit on this, sometimes making it seem as if hard news gets in the way of their show.

    Their people sometimes give opinions in between "the very latest" on a story. (As if just "the latest" isn't good enough??)

    They all seem to act as if viewers tuned in specifically to see them and the news gives them something to talk about.
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 12:41 PM - #permalink
    Two words...Sex sells.

    I think that's a big reason why we see women anchors & reporters wearing revealing outfits on local & national newscasts. It doesn't matter if it's local news, those 24/7 news channels or even sports networks. I think a lot of these women are under the age of 40, too.

    Quite frankly, it shouldn't be about appearance. It should be about whether these women can do the job, regardless of their on air attire, especially with the weather warming up.
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 12:58 PM - #permalink
    This is like complaining about making too much money.
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 03:02 PM - #permalink
    No station comes close to the beauty of the Women on Fox News. Glorious!
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 09:46 PM - #permalink
    Yeah, guys. You're so totally on point here. Bet you get more action than you can handle from the babelicious smart TV news gals who are just drooling after you.
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    Wednesday, May 10 2017, 08:00 AM - #permalink
    Gosh. This is the most erotic thread ever posted here. Too bad my outdoor antenna can't pick up Chicago. I wonder what Gabe Pressman would look like in a dress ?
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    Wednesday, May 10 2017, 01:09 PM - #permalink
    Yeah...so what's the problem. ..turn the channel
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    Wednesday, May 10 2017, 02:29 PM - #permalink
    I have a better idea. Try not to stare. ;)
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    Wednesday, May 10 2017, 05:28 PM - #permalink
    I'd love to turn the channel to find some more appropriately dressed female on air news women but as Larz and others pointed out, this "skin is in" thing is everywhere. I just see all these news shops compromising themselves to low and lame standards. And in the age of alleged "female empowerment", as I noted before, showing displaying tanned bare shoulders and low plunging tops is not showing any strength or independence, instead it's telling the world, "I am nothing but eye candy."
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    Thursday, May 11 2017, 09:59 AM - #permalink
    And they all look like they shop at the same store for their dresses.

    I say this all started with Robin Meade.

    Not that I'm complaining.
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    Thursday, May 18 2017, 12:42 PM - #permalink
    Not complaining either.
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