Do blondes really have more fun? That’s a question often thrown at a serious woman with brainy gray matter under her golden tresses. The popular perception that blondes paid for those tresses with diminished intellectual power remains pervasive in the culture. (You could Google it.) But it’s specifically used as a cudgel by the left if a particular blonde is a conservative. These critics increasingly employ a variation on the theme to disparage any good-looking blonde you’re likely to find on one specific network. (Guess which one.)
“So pervasive is the smear that all the female commentators and anchors on Fox (News Channel) are dumb blonde chicks that it was actually fact-checked” by PolitiFact, writes Kirsten Powers, who found many such examples in researching her book about how liberals try to shut up those with whom they disagree.
In the book, The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech, she offers a trenchant analysis of how the “illiberal left” tries to delegitimize and demonize opponents (and not just blondes). As a blond Fox News commentator herself, she’s the wolf in chic clothing.