On a recent “Meet the Press,” host David Gregory presided in a tailored jacket and tie. Panelists Al Sharpton, David Brooks and Ken Burns appeared similarly professional. But the two female panelists, Andrea Mitchell and Carly Fiorina, seemed ready for cocktails, not coffee, in form-fitting dresses, arms naked to the world.
“Meet the Undressed” – or, to put it more melodramatically, “Meet the Oppressed.” In addition to saying intelligent things, the women seemed required to flaunt their flesh and blink under three layers of eye shadow. They were, sartorially speaking, inferior.
Half naked may be the babe rule for entertainment shows, but must that dress code extend to women of substance on news programs? So it would seem.