NBC -- and its affiliates MSNBC and (to a lesser extent) CNBC -- are known for their liberal slant. All three nominally support feminist causes. If anybody were to ever suggest to the brass at NBC Universal that women should be judged by their looks, they would, publicly at least, act extremely offended.
But it's one thing to pay lip service to feminism, and another to actually practice what you preach. Let's take a quick look at some of the women whom NBC Universal has hired as their newscasters, and ask ourselves precisely what qualities these women were hired for.
Was it because of their keen journalistic instincts?
Their original insights and keen, penetrating analysis?
Their mellifluous voices?
Or might it have been because of their looks?
Here's Amanda Drury of CNBC:
CNBC's Courtney Reagan:
Maria Menounos, a former reporter for NBC Nightly News:
Tamron Hall, who's worked for both NBC and MSNBC:
Melissa Stark, a former reporter for both NBC and MSNBC:
Michelle Kosinski, former foreign correspondent for NBC News:
Norah O'Donnell, back around the time she was MSNBC's chief Washington correspondent:
And Lindsay Czarniak, who covered the 2008 Olympics for NBC:
Where are the fatties?
NBC may pay lip service to feminism, disapprove of fat-shaming, and claim to be against judging women by their looks. But whom do they choose to represent them? Slim, trim beauties.
Does anyone honestly think any of these women have been hired if they'd weighed 40 pounds more?
(If you're fat, we don't want you.)
And when overweight women sitting at home watch the beauty parade on NBC, do you think that message doesn't sink in?
Fat-shamers are merely saying what the brass at NBC communicate only a bit more subtly: that nobody wants to look at a fat woman.
NBC's dramas, soap operas, and comedies also feature mostly slim, beautiful women, at least in the lead roles. (Comedic sidekicks are allowed to be unattractive.)
The movies they run almost all feature beautiful women.
And the commercials NBC runs are even more skewed toward beauties.
All of these actions speak louder than any words a perky news reporter can utter.
NBC may be the proud voice of liberalism. But it's certainly not the body.