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Tuesday, August 30, 2005
ABC is asleep at the wheel
I turned on the bedroom TV to watch the Hurricane Katrina coverage on ABC's Good Morning America this morning, and tuned in to see Robin Roberts wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a denim button down. Normal attire for hurricane coverage given that they drove all night to get to where they were broadcasting. Startled, I realized while I was watching her speak that there was light blue lettering on her white T-shirt, and upon closer inspection, you could just read "..S Christ". It could have said anything from "Jesus Christ" to "Roberts Christian Mission", but it was clearly a Christian T-shirt.

ABC let her on the air wearing a T-shirt with religious symbolism?? I don't think Robin Roberts makes any secret of the fact that she is a devout Christian with family in Mississippi, but I think ABC was asleep in the producer's booth to let her on the air wearing that shirt.

I mean, you don't see Larry King wearing a yarmulke on CNN.

UPDATE: MMMmmm - crow tastes good first thing in the morning. Apparently I wasn't the only person who noticed the shirt because they went to great pains this morning to repeatedly point out that the shirt actually said "Pass Christian" - the name of Roberts hometown. There was copius footage of her later in the day without the denim shirt, where the T-shirt was clearly visible, and they made the point every time she came on the air this morning between 7:00 and 7:30 (I had to leave for work after that). So there you have it.
posted by Broadsheet @ 8:44 AM  
3 Editorial Opinions:
  • At August 30, 2005, Blogger eebmore said…

    I don’t see a problem with that, especially in the context of the situation. The shirt sounds no more or less offensive than a crucifix around the neck. I also wouldn’t see a problem if Larry King chose to wear a yarmulke on the air, although I’m completely unaware of his level of observance. Is he strictly observant? Were all of his ex wives strictly observant?

  • At August 30, 2005, Blogger AnonymousCoworker said…

    I won't be happy until I see someone wearing a FSM tshirt on the news. It's the only TRUE religion.

  • At August 30, 2005, Anonymous jon said…

    Does it matter?

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