Shep Smith’s new set, and other observations

I don’t watch much news these days– maybe an hour a day, compared to just a year ago when I watched news all of the waking hours of the day.

I used to watch MSNBC for the comedy factor. Now, though, I can’t stand MSNBC for even five minutes, since they no longer seem to try to hide the fact that they are one big campaign donation to the Democrats.

So now I watch… ugh… Fox. I can’t stand it, either. There are a number of reasons. Here are the first two that come to mind. They seem to cater to foot and leg fetishists. Just do a Google image search for any female Fox host. The volume of leg and foot photos should be enough to justify the massive expense of installing a desk. Any news agency that chooses not to prioritize news delivery, but instead participates and encourages the objectification of their employees, earns their reputation.

The other reason I can’t stand Fox is that they find it perfectly acceptable to allow their male “on air” talent to omit a tie and leave their top button open. This instills the credibility of Leisure Suit Larry. Nothing says trustworthy news delivery like a guy whose work clothes looks more like that of a date rapist than a broadcasting professional.

Anyway, onto the main subject of this post: Shep Smith’s new set.

This is quite possibly the stupidest set I have ever seen. Here it is, in case you haven’t seen it:

Shep Smith Set

When I first saw it, I thought it was a joke. It looks like a Mac Lab for giants. Don’t believe me? Here:

Mac Lab

See? Mac Lab for giants.

The other thing that bugs me is that I can see wires on the set, running from the big round glass table. If you are going to invest in a nearly all-white studio, in an attempt to have a clean set with nice lines, why can I see wires on their set? Why can they not just lift the floor 2 inches, allowing wires to run out of view? It reduces the trip hazard, and looks a lot cleaner. It gives the set an amateur look.

Also, does anyone know if Shep Smith is a smoker? I don’t care if he is or if he isn’t, but he seems to lose his breath while walking around his studio, delivering “news.”

And I am very hesitant to mention the last item on my list because it is fashion advice. I am not one to give fashion advice. I own one pair of shoes, and maybe a tie. I am yet to wear a suit in this millennium. But what I do know is that there is a rule to fashion for men when it comes to suits and patterns. Shirt, Tie, Jacket: Only one may have a pattern; the other two must be solid colors. If you ever wondered why the person reading the news to you seems like a clown (I’m looking at you, Trace Gallagher), this is why. At a subconscious level, it is hard to consider someone as being credible if they can’t even dress themselves properly.

That is all.

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