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It's time now for the "6 o'clock Nudes!"

Not the 6 o'clock news, but nudes, though you also get the news thrown in.

Nakednews.com is a Web site that literally fleshes out the news for you in its daily Internet reports, delivered on-line by three, buck-naked ladies.

A Washington Post article reveals that in just a year, this Toronto-based Web cast has zoomed from 6,000 viewers to nearly 6,000,000 ... and no wonder!

Like any other news program, Nakednews brings you the stories of the day, along with the weather, and sports — but with a flash that the networks can't match.

As described by the Post, news anchor Victoria Sinclair reads from the TelePrompTer with a professionalism worthy of Judy Woodruff or Tom Brokaw, but as she reports about enemy warplanes, the camera pans back and her skirt falls.

Without missing a beat, she moves to the story of President Bush's latest announcement, even as her hands smoothly unzip her jacket.

In a serious tone, she tells of the latest developments in Borneo, while she slides out of her underwear.

Likewise, weather lady Diane Foster shows you the line of Arctic air descending southward while she's attired only in stockings and earmuffs.

And even ESPN's boisterous Chris Berman can't bring sports highlights to you with the same excitement of Holly Weston, the Nakednews sports reporter who wears nothing but a microphone.

The show is popular among women as well as men — indeed, so many women tune in that naked men will soon be added to the newscast.

A cultural analyst at the University of Toronto theorizes that Nakednews.com is popular not merely because of the nudity, but because it reflects an "undercurrent of mockery and sarcasm" toward the mainstream media. He notes that the show "acts out one of those absurdist impulses we all have where we imagine Dan Rather or Peter Jennings not wearing clothes."

This is Jim Hightower saying ... Whoa, Bucko ... if you're sitting around thinking of Dan Rather in the buff, it's time to seek professional help.

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