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Reality's bite worse than Barker

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  • Barker's article and commentary was savaged because he wasn't attacking credibility as he was too busy focusing on young, female journalists looks and boobs rather than their ability to be a strong journalist. Perhaps credibility in his mind is the way someone looks..
    Now, who is it that determines those that are going to be on television? Most likely old, white men who possibly want to choose people to be on screen that they would like to watch.
    There is a sense that the old, white men in journalism and many other industries who have fed the line that if women are young and pretty they don't know their stuff and have no credibility and will never belong in the "boy's club" of the workplace and the twin of that which is if a woman is over 35 then she is "past her prime" are perhaps a little threatened. Unless you have been a young female in that situation then you wouldn't understand let alone have noticed it.
    Barker's perspective is plainly obviious by his omission of commentary about young male journalists. He wouldn't have been savaged so much if both genders were crticised equally.
    It has been suggested he could have mentored young journalists and do so through a different way of presenting his viewpoint. I doubt any young, female jouinalist would want him as a mentor now.

    Commenter
    M
    Date and time
    May 02, 2013, 8:04PM
    • If these hot young things, whether they be male or female, (but lets face it, there is more of a market for a pretty female face), are employed by old white men, then that shows that 'sisterhood' is a myth, and is practised only by a few. See, this has always been a problem, ever since second wave feminism in the 70s. 'Traitors' in the ranks. Those women, like those many years before, traded on their looks to get somewhere. A sisterhood of women? Its always been a much larger group in the minds of women than what exists in reality.

      Commenter
      davidbru
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      May 03, 2013, 7:59AM
    • Davidbru is right. If there is no prurient motive by (mostly male) TV execs to put attractive and young but not particularly credible female journalists on TV news and current affairs, how come there are far fewer older and less attractive but more credible female journos then? It's because they get 'boned' as Eddie MsGuire let slip once. The sisterhood of mummy bloggers should be getting outraged about that, rather than about the barking up the wrong tree after Barker. Feminists are so easily induced into wild goose chases while the real quarry eludes their grasp.

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      rudy
      Date and time
      May 03, 2013, 8:28AM
    • 1) Name one male journalist on prime-time commercial news TV that is in his mid-20s and gets the exposure that all the abundant female journalists of a similar age gets?
      I bet you'd struggle to prove any lower than a 3(female):1(male) ratio. I can't even think of one pretty male journalist who wasn't some former significant sports star (and thus had to earn his stripes rather than be given a gig because he was pretty and flashed his bewbs around).

      2) He was criticising the vacuity of the industry that uses these vapid little crumpets to get ratings rather than credible news stories.

      3) Have a look at certain sections of this newspaper: Lifestyle being a perfect example. Mostly populated by moderately attractive female bloggers whose research, writing and critical thinking skills leave a lot to be desired. This proves Barker's point in many aspects of his article.
      Fairfax knows these articles get a lot of hits so they use these women to get revenue. Barker is well within his rights to call them out on that.

      Commenter
      Bender
      Date and time
      May 03, 2013, 10:23AM
    • Come on sheep.
      Equality is a myth - accept it and move on.
      Equality means the same.
      If men and women are the same then what difference does it make if there is any discrepancy in the numbers of men or women in any profession or group.
      If they are different then obviously their differences can rightly be taken into account, thereby explaining the apparent disproportion.
      See ya later.
      Personally, I'd be happy with reverse proportionality to what it is right now if it meant wowsers of any sex shutting the hell up.

      Commenter
      cmon dodos
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      May 03, 2013, 10:42AM
    • Sam, that is the single best piece you have ever written. Well done

      Commenter
      Franky
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      May 03, 2013, 11:06AM
    • @cmon dodos - i'll resort to latin to respond to your take on it: reductio ad absurdum.

      Commenter
      beria
      Date and time
      May 03, 2013, 11:54AM
    • No one in their right mind would call Peter Overton, Mark Ferguson, or even Chris Bath etc credible journalists!
      Tracey Spicer only has credibility now she has escaped reading the news. As one negative commenter I think she was stung that it did refer to her in the past and that must hurt

      Commenter
      david
      Date and time
      May 03, 2013, 4:15PM
    • @ davidbru

      Good looking young women don't trade on their appearance. I know you'll refuse to believe this but I'm telling you the truth - it's the men in charge who see beautiful young women as commodities. Women (regardless of appearance) don't see themselves as anything but the human beings they are.

      Everybody promotes themselves and tries to present well when they apply for a job - men and women. It's perfectly reasonable to want to present the right image. Don't pretend both sexes don't do this.

      If some people resent seeing hot young things on television, there are other options. Laurie Oakes and Michelle Grattan are probably your best bet if you want commentary without pretty.

      Commenter
      Elizabeth
      Date and time
      May 03, 2013, 9:24PM
    • "Name one male journalist on prime-time commercial news TV that is in his mid-20s" @ Bender.

      Bender you name me one female journalist on prime-time commercial news TV who is in her 20s.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_TV_news_presenters_year_by_year

      Commenter
      Elizabeth
      Date and time
      May 03, 2013, 10:22PM

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