TCR | 2014.06.04 The Colbert Report’s Unintended Educational Value

"Watching The Colbert Report not only increased people’s perceptions that they knew more about political financing, but significantly increased their actual knowledge, and did so at a greater rate than other news sources, the study found." Source

I am really sick of hearing the misogynistic drivel leftists spit about Fox News and it’s female anchors and contributors. Just today I overheard a conversation between two liberals discussing how all of the women at Fox were just ‘blonde, white, bimbos’.

You’d think feminists would have a problem with these people being classified as sexual objects undeserving of their jobs and success simply because they are women, but interestingly enough, it’s often the feminists making the comments to begin with.

So in response, here’s a sample list of some of the women of Fox, and why they are so extraordinary.

  • Brenda Buttner — Harvard Honours Graduate.
  • Uma Pemmaraju — First Indian-American woman to appear as a regular news presenter in the USA, 7-time Emmy Winner, Big Sisters of America ‘Woman of Achievement’ Award Recipient.
  • Gretchen Carlson — Stanford Graduate, Chamber Music Soloist
  • Jamie Colby — Lawyer, was admitted to University at 14.
  • Kimberly Guilfoyle — Former Assistant District Attorney, Children’s Rights Advocate.
  • Susan Estrich — First Female Campaign Manager of a Presidential Campaign, Lawyer, Sexual Assault Survivor and Victim’s Advocate.
  • Megyn Kelly — One of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, Lawyer, Former Law Review Editor.  (The woman in the photo above being mocked)
  • Anna Kooiman — Ran a fitness and care instruction to financially disadvantaged inner-city kids.
  • Kate Obenshain — First woman to serve as Chair of the Republican Party.
  • Christine Clayburg — Iraq War Veteran, Air Force Pilot.
  • Judith Miller — Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist and Author, while working at the New York Times, spent 85 days in Jail to defend a reporter’s right to protect confidential sources. Received a ‘First Amendment Award’ for this effort.
  • Dana Perino — Former White House Press Secretary, Global Maternal Health Advocate, PTSD advocate.
  • Hon. Jeanine Pirro — Judge, Attorney General Candidate, Founded the first ever Domestic Violence Unit in a Prosecutor’s office.
  • Michelle Malkin — Earned a full scholarship to Oxford, Economist.
  • Kathleen McFarland — National Defense and Nuclear Weapons Specialist.
  • Julie Banderas — Emmy Award winning Anchor.
  • Maria Bartiromo — Former Professor, Founder of The National Italian American Foundation, revolutionized Economics reporting.
  • Jedediah Bila — Valedictorian of the Wagner College.
  • Shannon Bream — Lawyer, became the first female commencement speaker at Liberty University.
  • Linda Chavez — Hispanic Politics Pioneer, named a ‘Living Legend’ by The Library of Congress.
  • Jennifer Griffin — Harvard University Graduate, Cancer Survivor and Advocate.
  • Lea Gabrielle — Fighter Pilot, Combat-Deployed Intelligence Operator.
  • Greta Van Susteren — Lawyer, one of Forbe’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Multi-Award and Honorary Degree Recipient, Professor.

Like I said, this is just a sample… But it paints a picture of phenomenal women who possess beauty, brains, and morals.

While writing this, however, I ended up looking in to some different figures on diversity in Media that proved very interesting.

As it turns out, in terms of overall diversity, CNN and Fox are near matched in many respects, while the overtly-liberal MSNBC lagged behind in many measures, such as proportional gender representation.

FAIR.org also weighed in on this issue, and found that the least ethnically diverse news program was in fact The Rachel Maddow Show, where 94% of the guests were white. FAIR also found that the lowest representation for women was on CNN’s OutFront where 81% of guests were men, and the highest gender representation was on Fox’s O’Reily Factor, which FAIR reports had a 64/36 gender split, but MediaMatters said was split equally. Fox also had the highest representation of Latino persons.

(Charts from MediaMatters) 

Oh, and for the record, yes I think there needs to be more diversity in broadcasting.

Do I think quality should take a backseat to meeting quotas? No. 

I am all for having folks from all life experiences and perspectives participating in media — That’s the way it should be, really. But I am more than a little bit sick of people bashing good anchors and people because they feel morally and ideologically superior because they believe in those simple aforementioned principles.

Growing up isn’t easy, no matter where you’re from. The years between childhood and adulthood are the most formative years of your life: your friendships evolve, your body changes, your hopes and dreams are formed as your understanding of the world grows.

At 28, I have been incredibly lucky. I grew up in a country where I had access to primary and secondary education. I was able to play sports and pursue the career path I wanted. I’ve had access to reproductive health care and can choose to start a family when I decide. And my gay and lesbian friends are winning their fight for marriage across this country.

But 1.8 billion young people across our world aren’t so lucky. Around the world, too many young people face obstacles that make this transition to adulthood that much harder: gender equality, access to education, and health services.

Next year, global leaders will come together to agree on plans for the next 15 years of our world. These plans will set us on a path toward solving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Challenges that no matter where you’re from, you can relate to.

Tuesday marks the UN’s International Youth Day. It’s a day dedicated to celebrating today’s young people as partners in the future of our world. From making decisions and plans for the world’s most pressing issues – gender equality, education, health – today’s youth stand to gain and lose the most.

And we need to ensure that everyone understands how important it is that every girl and boy has an equal starting point to grow, learn and dream.

This is a perfect opportunity to address the needs of today’s adolescents and youth. To ignore these needs is unacceptable. And we risk letting down an entire generation. But if we want our world leaders to pay attention, we need to show them how important this is to us – we need a collection of faces and voices from across the globe.

It’s an incredibly exciting world for youth today. Recent advances in technology have opened doors to new people and places, new ways of connecting with each other, new ways of learning. And the possibilities are nearly endless.

We live in an incredible world where every girl and boy should have the opportunity to live the life they choose.

One of the most important times in my life was elementary through high school, when I fulfilled my love of dance, performing arts and singing. Without the invaluable training and experience I received in school, I wouldn’t be where I today. I would have been watching Glee from my home; I could only have dreamt of meeting Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, let alone co-starring in a film alongside them.

I have greatly benefited from access to education, gender equality, and health care to keep me alive and healthy. But all youth around the world deserve this access and opportunity.

Today, let’s put youth in the spotlight. The future of our world depends on them. So let’s make our leaders listen.

Dianna Agron is an actress and Global Citizen Ambassador.


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Obamacare beneficiary: ‘You wouldn’t have caught me dead watching MSNBC

The story of Dean Angstadt’s sudden embrace of Obamacare made MSNBC last night. Host Chris Hayes picked up on a heartwarming story in the Philadelphia Inquirer about a 57-year-old logger of Boyertown, Pa., who’d resisted signing up for Obamacare coverage but finally relented under the urging of a friend.

Noted Hayes of Angstadt, “He was so resistant to the thought of submitting to the tyrannical Obamacare pushed by a party he despises that he refused to sign up, even though he needed to have a heart valve replaced. Finally, his friend basically staged an intervention, helping him apply and choose a plan, which then enabled him to have life-saving surgery. And without that, Angstadt says — quote — ‘I probably would have ended up falling over dead.’”

Read the full story from The Washington Post here. 

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Violence continues to erupt in Ferguson, Mo., more than a week after the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by policeman Darren Wilson. The 18-year-old’s family demands justice be brought to their son with the arrest of the six-year veteran officer. Protesters have clashed with authorities as control over security shifted from local police to St. Louis County officers to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Gov. Jay Nixon has since called in the Missouri National Guard. And the Brown family continues to prepare for the teenager’s funeral arrangements amid completion of three separate autopsies.


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