The charms of self-quarantine are limited and all of them are strange. Find out how much hair you can remove with your fast-growing nails! Develop a crush on the only bird you see from your window!
Please help yourself to another accidental pleasure of this deeply unpleasant period: watching straight-faced news presenters broadcast from their homes, in front of their decorative rock collections, their wedding photos and their psychedelic posters.
While some news anchors continue to radiate into homes across the country from official studios, although the number of deaths from COVID-19 double every three daysplus – including the wonderful anchors on PBS News Hour– broadcast from their home, in front of blank walls that producers (often also work at home) manipulate to look like “real” studios. You may not have been able to say this since he stood in front of an archival photo of lower Manhattan, but Ali Velshi of MSNBC reported this week live from his home for the first time in his three-decade career.
This weak attempt at the status quo, although well-intentioned, must disappear. To hell with the overpixelated images of scintillating skyscrapers and sepia close-ups of urban landscapes that the networks think we want to see behind the heads of journalists. Give us the Rachel Maddow dining area instead. Let’s see the cave of Jake Tapper’s man. Give us the house cat of someone who crawls unexpectedly through a graph comparing the S&P to NASDAQ. Show us Ari Melber trying to hide his irritation as someone in his house continues to flush.
A real queen protects her health and works in front of a huge wine cooler
When news anchors broadcast at home – with no false background or support team – it’s enchanting. Journalists are more than ever the messengers of terrible news, feast your eyes on CNBC’s Bob Pisani’s Grateful Dead poster. Play I-Spy on Steve Liesman’s office, covered with tangled wires and a TV remote control. Relax in Joy Reid’s tasteful library plants. Sure, Pisani, a financial reporter, is breaking down an enigmatically titled graphic “PIMCO SHORT MAT STRAT”, but I, a home spectator, focus on his independent shelf of sculpted Buddha figurines.
Robin Roberts, who survived cancer and lives with a rare blood disorder, quoted her underlying health issues as one of the reasons she will film * Good Morning America * from home. Not only does she practice excellent social distancing behavior and offer a master class to talk about her needs, but she also models your top with your flower arrangement and diffuses in front of what appears to be a wine cabinet. Roberts showed a beautiful dog and a giant geode (which a surprising number of anchors seem to have – what’s going on with the rocks, the journalists?). Meanwhile, Today the Savannah Guthrie anchor, taking precautions because of a cold, spread barefoot from his basement, with the help of her husband. Colleague co-host Craig Melvin appeared on the tune of what looked like a corridor covered with palm tree wallpaper, with a Pinterest-y framed panel that reads “Never Stop”.