Media Mashup: September 21, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 9.29.53The View: Out of Touch

“The View,” a talk show created for women, has shown that it apparently only wants to attract a certain type of woman.

The co-hosts’ targets recently included the young women who competed for the Miss America title. Michelle Collins, who recently joined the show, savaged Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson. Michelle Malkin writes: “As the other anchors giggled out loud at Johnson’s video clip, Collins mocked the Rocky Mountain beauty not for her looks or her politics, but for a lovely, earnest monologue she performed during the pageant’s talent competition.” The View girls poked fun at Johnson and the three million other nurses in the United States. For details, see

The View: Losing Advertisers

“‘The View’ trivialized the profession of nursing, referring to the nurses scrubs as a costume,” a rep for the National Nurses United, the largest U.S. Organization of nurses, said. “They also demeaned the role of the RN by referring to a stethoscope as a doctor’s instrument.”

As a result, the program has lost some big-time advertisers. See more at

State Department: Transparently Anonymous writes that the State Department’s new campaign of openness uses some old tricks.The department “has made a number of pledges of transparency lately. What’s mainly clear so far is that these pledges don’t actually translate into much in the way of … well, transparency,” writes Claudia Rosett. For more, see

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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