Sunday, February 13, 2011

today : women of the revolution

Interestingly, even in the midst of chaos and revolution, news producers still behave much the same. Noticeably, three women have cropped up again and again on our screens.

Why have some fusty academics, greying news anchors or earnest bearded male activists on screen when you can have three rather photogenic young women instead?

Hence, doe-eyed perfect teethed activist ( I've invented a new word to describe her - she's not just an activist, but an 'Attractivist') Gigi Ibrahim must have appeared on the news about 100 times in the past week. The BBC, especially, loves her.

Would Shahira Amin have been such a big story had she been a grey, sober middle-aged man? I suspect not. I am not thinking that she will find it hard to get another job.

And CNN have spotted that Hala Gorani gives quality screen. She speaks Arabic and got pushed around by some pro-Mubarak protesters and this got her shifted from the relative backwaters of her slot on CNN World into co-anchoring alongside heavyweights Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper. Good for her, she's no bimbo, but easily the equal of them as a journalist, as well as being far easier on the eye.

I'm not suggesting that any of these women are not worthy - quite the opposite. Ibrahim speaks with intelligence and sense - even after several days clearly without any sleep. Shahira Amin genuinely put her reputation and safety on the line to do what she thought was right.

If they can make progress by looking good on the TV then good for them.


  1. Anonymous7:23 PM

    Obviously you know nothing about Hala Gorani. She is the top anchor at a highly respected world wide news channel CNN INTERNATIONAL.
    She has covered the Middle East on the ground for over a decade, including the last war in Lebanon. The joke of CNN is considering "pretty boy" Anderson Cooper to be a journalist.

  2. Just a helpful word of advice. Might be useful to read my post before going off on one, anonymous