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Byline: > DAVID KRONKE

'Anchorwoman': The end is nigh

Let's not mince words: Fox's new reality series, "Anchorwoman," is a boldly transgressive piece of art that acutely reveals how we've allowed ourselves to be intellectually diminished. It's also an utter, irredeemable piece of garbage that makes everyone involved with it look like a lobotomy patient.

Its concept: Lauren Jones (or whatever her name might be; I took scant notes and tossed the press release long ago), a wrestling TeeVee news. A struggling channel in tiny Tyler, Texas (which I've visited: The city's big contribution to global culture is a fire elePrompTer reader during the 5 o'clock news.

The Tyler community is scandalized, sort of, but the local talking heads "Anchorwoman" quotes are ever more blitheringly clueless than Lauren herself. The local anchor, bitter that she's not quite as tall or nearly as blond, opts to rest on her journalistic laurels, which, punishingly judicious editing suggests, ain't much. "Anchorwoman's" brutal subtext is that everyone's an idiot, and we all deserve the crappy news coverage we get.

Or: Conversely, "Anchorwoman," unwittingly (or, perhaps, otherwise), is an insightfully blistering critique of the utter glib i ng in this tiny Texas market is the medium writ large: Pretty faces, smiley-faced stories, cleavages to which attention must be paid ems the Fox network's mea culpa for sister outfit Fox News Channel: We apologize, they're saying, for reducing public discourse to t There's a cagey visual motif: Frequent shots of signs on executives' doors reveal readings in Braille. Because: A) The blind don' The executives are blind to how they're eviscerating the art of journalism; C) Both, proving meaningful discourse is doomed.

"Anchorwoman": 8 tonight on Fox (Channel 11).
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