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In her April 23 column, When model behaviour is unbecoming, Lindor Reynolds expends considerable ink criticizing the Sun News Network and the attire of its female journalists. If only she expended the same effort checking her facts.

Reynolds wrote: "Erickson posed as a Toronto Sun SUNshine girl. She wore a variety of sports jerseys, ripped T-shirts and leggings. She's a comely woman and these photos made the most of her attributes."

She further suggested I've contributed to the sexualization of our network by appearing as a Sunshine girl, an act I might have been "forced" to do.

First, I appeared in the photo on my own volition. And if Reynolds took the time to actually view the photos for herself, she would know I was not wearing ripped T-shirts.

I wore jeans and a T-shirt that was entirely intact and, for the record, not a centimetre of cleavage was revealed, though you would never know by reading Reynolds.

Of course, reporting that the T-shirt was ripped sensationalizes and changes the entire tenor of the pictures. Consequently, it's actually Reynolds who has sexualized our female journalists with her unfortunate error in reporting.

But Reynolds and I do agree on one thing: as she writes, "Women haven't come a long way, baby" and "I really thought this fight was over." So did I. When a woman can't wear jeans and a T-shirt without being the object of derision by her own media colleagues, the fight is clearly not over.

 

KRISTA ERICKSON

Toronto

 

 

Brad Oswald's April 23 column on the new Sun TV News Network, Sun TV rises; is anyone watching?, comes off sounding like a lot of sour grapes and narrow-mindedness. Does one TV news channel in Canada with a bit of a conservative bent bother him?

When he criticizes SNN for its Spartan sets and lighting, instead of saying the owners do not have the limitless pockets of a U.S. Fox News organization, he could more appropriately have mentioned that they do not have similar access to the $1 billion in taxpayer funds that the left-wing-ranting CBC does.

I for one think SNN is a breath of fresh air and am looking forward to honest and intelligent commentary and hard news, which I find lacking in the dull Free Press.

 

ALEX MILLS

Winnipeg

 

 

Brad Oswald and Lindor Reynolds, quit picking on Sun TV. I believe it's completely acceptable for gun-lovers, Bible-thumpers, wrestling fans and bingo players to have their own network.

Where else can haters of unions, environmentalists, the CBC, teachers, gay rights, women's rights, New Democrats and Liberals get together and vent in the company of attractive young women?

I'm not as upset as Reynolds regarding the women's sleeveless tops, just as long as we're not exposed to Ezra Levant and Charles Adler wearing muscle shirts.

 

BOB DUNKELD

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 27, 2011 A15

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