TVNewser has a “CNN Insider” commenting on the Huff piece…
“This is what they’ve said about Katie Couric for years,” a CNN insider says. “Why are we talking about what she’s wearing anyway. She’s a great anchor and reporter. That’s what matters.”
I don’t usually talk about this aspect of cable news because there are other sites out there better suited for that sort of discussion but I’ll tell you why people are talking about it. Because CNN cameras are pointed in certain ways that’s why. If CNN doesn’t want people talking about legs and skirts and instead talking only about the talent’s abilities, don’t be doing wide shots away from the desk because you’re just inviting that sort of commentary when you do that. CNN is aware of this. It has to be. And yes, there’s a double standard between male anchors and female anchors on this score when ideally there shouldn’t be. Unfortunately that’s not the reality of the situation.
That said, in CNN’s defense I don’t see anything glaringly different between what CNN is doing with the cameras with Chetry and what it did when the O’Briens were on American Morning. So I don’t see why Huff is drawing a distinction here.