EDITOR’S NOTE: Please, for the love of god. This is a piece about Ivy dressed news anchors, or the lack thereof. I get you don’t like one side or the other. We are talking clothes here. Get it? – JB
Walter Cronkite is still America’s most influential news anchor according to the polling done by Ranker, last updated October 7, 2020. I have to believe there wasn’t a lot of movement since then. If you research images of Walter Cronkite, he started Ivy and then went almost exclusively to a spread collar. In the picture above Cronkite is at least wearing an OCBD. With a decent roll, I might add.
Of course the news isn’t the news anymore, of course the business isn’t what it was and of course there is no objectivity. Of course the need for objectivity has not diminished, if anything it has increased. The loss of objectivity in the news is a very tired rant. I am not so sure the news ever was objective, I will leave that to the comments. I do remember at least being able to trust that when Cronkite hosted the first moon walk that that was indeed the moon and we were indeed walking on it. I mean, right? Right?
With nowhere to go the advice is to use multiple sources, read instead of watch, etc. Unfortunately for us writers, read instead of watch didn’t take, and big money goes into “news” every minute of every day. On the decision tree, the choice of anchor is at the top. And what they wear is right underneath it. How on planet earth is Ivy so under represented here, then? You would think that if you wanted to communicate the message “I am smart, have given this a lot of thought, and you can trust me,” that Ivy would be the first place you go. Even back in the heyday. And yet.
Number two on the list – David Brinkley. Google it for yourself. He went spread collar before he could even afford spread collar. Number three? Edward R. Murrow.
From there, it only goes down the Ivy Hill. Jennings. Brokaw. Reasoner. Koppel. No Ivy. Some VERY unfortunate bracelets (there is a picture online that I do not have permission to use but if you Google Tom Brokaw bracelet you will see an offering from Getty Images of Mr. Brokaw behind the desk, and I am going to use a word here – bangles).
I found a picture of Ralph Lauren in a white OCBD, can’t find one of Hugh Downs or John Chancellor. Or even Jane Pauley. And that’s your top ten. Dan Rather did not make the list.
In the spirit of news, though, THIS JUST IN:
To find the best dressed news anchor (and again, please spare me in the comments – I know there aren’t any news anchors any more) I had to dig DEEP. I came up with three finalists, but even they are flawed. First, Chris Matthews:
There were a few days where Chris Matthews and I were wearing the same thing, back when he was working. I can’t get Matthews on the list though. Not only did he never anchor, but this list is PAINFULLY void of women in the first place, and while I am not sure what went on with him (nor are you), I know it didn’t end well. I was into Joe Scarborough for a little while, but damn, his wardrobe is so all over the map that I can’t get him on the list either.
I think my winner has to be Tucker Carlson. He made the run with the bow ties and for the life of me I will never understand why he gave that up. Even now though, Carlson shows up as close to Ivy as major media will let you get.