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 http://bit.ly/1KqiC31

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 http://fxn.ws/1KoMxqj

State Department: Transparently Anonymous

PJMedia.com 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 http://bit.ly/1NOcHIS

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 charper@temple.edu.

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