40goingon28 says what everyone else is thinking:
… doing the weather over on Sinking Ship KRON is Evelyn Taft. EVELYN TAFT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
I’m on board. Evelyn Taft a fox.
It’s not that we mind the blatant pander of hiring babes to read us the daily news. That ship has already sailed. Rightly or wrongly, it’s what’s done in America. Mexicans do it with their talk shows; we do it with our news. It’s also hard to cry sexism unless you’re arguing that older, less-attractive male anchormen are being discriminated against in favor of the female eye candy. There’s the Objectifying Women charge, but that’s an ethically gray area.
No, what’s annoying is that so often news directors choose the dark side, then half-ass it. They try selling sex appeal and then fail at the sex part. I’m sure KTVU’s Julie Haener is a really pleasant person, and maybe even a
Stepford wife passable journalist, but she’s practically a cliche. You can’t change the channel without seeing the blow-dried blonde rocking the tooth whitener. Standard.
SoCal (always ahead on the infotainment curve) probably got some market research several years back that said a broadcast could retain a 5% larger market share if it included a leggy blonde with a husky voice. So who do they hire? Jillian Barberie. Which is sort of like asking for Kathleen Turner and getting a late-90’s porn star. Is that who they think men want? Maybe so. Up here, ABC7 has tried adding some flava with Sandhya Patel, who seems like a competent meteorologist. But it must be said: she sports the fiercest eyebrows this side of RuPaul. She’s since dialed it way back, but if you saw her in Hi-Def when she first started out, you would’ve be forgiven for thinking ABC was breaking barriers by hiring a drag queen.
Now KRON 4, after coming close, has finally hit the sweet spot with Evelyn Taft. The woman has a bangin’ body and she puts it to work, tastefully. The end of her bio is priceless:
“Evelyn is currently working toward her degree in meteorology from Mississippi State University”
Forecasting the weather has to be one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the field of meteorology. It’s a celebrity gig. Virtually every single Earth Sciences teacher in the Bay Area would be more qualified to talk about the marine layer. And Evelyn Taft is just now “working toward” her (online?) degree?
Why bother with the fig leaf at all?
Youtube concurs with fan videos like Evelyn “Titties” Taft and Evelyn Taft in Tight Shirt. And that really says something when actual porn is just a click away. Evelyn Taft can compete with all that. KRON4 must be so pleased.