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Old 08-30-2006, 08:06 AM   #1
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Katie Isn't Thin Enough

Where are the doctored photos of Charles Gibson to make him look thinner? Anyone?

First solo female anchor of a network newscast (I believe that's the case), and it's still about her weight. Not to mention her looks and outfits.

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/...over_42842.asp

The left photo is the official first-pic-of-Katie released by CBS at this year's upfront. (TVNewser posted it in May.) The right photo is an edited version of the same photo, from the September issue of Watch magazine, which is owned by CBS.

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She looks fine to me.
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:12 PM   #3
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Are we sure it wasn't doctored the other way? (Not that it matters.)
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I hate this crap. Let women be women. It's so stupid.

I feel sorry for women. There's women's magazines telling them how to look for guys, then we have men's magazines telling us men what women should look like.

They're both lying. Don't get me wrong, there are things we can all do to look better, but we should do it because we want to, not because some crap magazine with doctored photos sets the standard.

There, I'm done ranting.
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I have a good friend that has a high profile job in advertising.

Just about all magazine photos are altered these days


Drudge serves it up
and it can become a talking point on all the AM radio shows
or not

this is such a non story

anyone that tunes in to her newscast will
see her in real time?
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Old 08-30-2006, 02:58 PM   #7
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Lighting's better in the touched-up picture too.
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she looks almost anorexic in the 'touched up' photo

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I didn't find it on Drudge, and I think it is a story that even a woman who has achieved what Katie Couric has achieved is subjected to this by the very company she works for. Where are the doctored, slimmed down photos of male anchors?

This was a CBS magazine, not Cosmo or Glamour

NEW YORK (AP) -- No, Katie Couric didn't suddenly lose 20 pounds.

The incoming "CBS Evening News" anchor appears significantly thinner in a network promotional magazine photo thanks to digital airbrushing.

The touched-up photo of Couric dressed in a striped business suit appears on the inside of the September issue of Watch! which is distributed at CBS stations and on American Airlines flights.

CBS News President Sean McManus said he was "obviously surprised and disappointed when I heard about it."

The original picture was snapped in May and was widely circulated to the media as an official photo of Couric.

Couric, 49, said she hadn't known about the digitally reworked version until she saw the issue. The former NBC "Today" show host told the Daily News, "I liked the first picture better because there's more of me to love."

Gil Schwartz, executive vice president of communications for CBS Corp., said Wednesday in a phone interview the photo alteration was done by someone in the CBS photo department who "got a little zealous."

But he dismissed any notion of heads rolling over the matter.

"I talked to my photo department, we had a discussion about it," Schwartz said. "I think photo understands this is not something we'd do in the future."

He said the photo department "services tens of thousands of photographs every year" for all parts of the company and that it "does a fantastic job."

"The article that accompanies the picture is very responsible, very interesting," he added.

Schwartz said the magazine has a circulation of over 400,000.

While expressing regret, McManus tried to make light of the matter.

"I've asked that three inches in height be added to my official CBS photo," he quipped to the News.
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Some years ago I was watching the local news on TV with my mom and my grandma. They started criticizing the anchorwoman's hair and outfit, and I told them, "This is exactly why I went into print journalism rather than broadcast journalism."
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It's not PC to say it, but I've often thought that part of the problem is the the influence of gay men on the fashion industry.
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It's not PC to say it, but I've often thought that part of the problem is the the influence of gay men on the fashion industry.
I think you'd really have to stretch to prove this theory...

If anything it's women, then straight men, and THEN gay men who I would think have influence in this type of thinking.
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It's not PC to say it, but I've often thought that part of the problem is the the influence of gay men on the fashion industry.
Are gay men in charge at CBS?

Must have been a gay man who got overzealous with the Photoshop..

Yes women place pressure on themselves to be thin, but who is reducing them to their thinness and their looks when they are in positions of power? Men who are threatened? Who is writing the majority of articles about Katie's hair, legs, and wardrobe choices? Women? Gay men?

It's a sad state of affairs in 2006 that is reflected in this case. It's more than merely one person being overzealous with the Photoshop. The bigger picture is being overlooked.
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I think many women (myself included at times) impose their own double-standard. We rag about how the media "enhances" photos like this, yet we're always saying how we "feel ugly today" or jokingly comment that we could stand to lose a few pounds.

Personally, I wonder if the photo was edited because they actually had a problem with her looks, or if it was edited simply because they had the ability to do so. What I mean is this - I take senior yearbook photos and I always do "touch-ups", not because I think people are ugly, but simply because if I have the software to do it, why wouldn't I? With my brother's, I smoothed out his face so you couldn't see his acne. With my sister's, I enhanced the lighting, changed her skin tone a bit, and added more sparkle to her eyes. Am I pressuring them to have clear skin or a different complexion?
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It's not PC to say it, but I've often thought that part of the problem is the the influence of gay men on the fashion industry.


how so?

and gay men have been in charge of the fashion industry ever since there was a fashion industry, what's different now?
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