Vanishing graphics and creative camera work gave Fox News viewers a better look at the former Miss Canada
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The May 10 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto featured an interview with human rights activist and former Miss Canada Nazanin Afshin-Jam, who spoke against human rights violations in Iran. While Afshin-Jam was on camera, however, the virtually omnipresent text at the bottom of the screen vanished, offering viewers an unobstructed view of Afshin-Jam, wearing a low-cut top. Additionally, as the on-screen text disappeared, the camera pulled back slightly, allowing more of Afshin-Jam's figure to occupy the shot. Immediately after the camera moved from Afshin-Jam, the on-screen text reappeared.
As Media Matters for America documented, Fox News' coverage of the 78th Annual Academy Awards in 2006 was similarly marked by disappearing on-screen text, offering unobstructed views of female Fox News correspondents and commentators in revealing attire.
At the beginning of host Neil Cavuto's interview with Afshin-Jam, the on-screen text occupied its usual place at the bottom of the screen:
However, it soon disappeared:
Seconds after the text disappeared, the camera pulled back slightly (see video):
Once the camera shifted from Afshin-Jam, the on-screen text reappeared:
After Cavuto asked, "Do you think that, eventually, we're going to go to war with Iran?" the text remained on the screen when Afshin-Jam reappeared.