July 20, 2004

Be careful who you piss off, they'll get you in the end

Raegan Butler of WLWT-TV/DT Cincinnati was the target of an editor's ire this week in a piece that went out on the AP wire. The story, an otherwise average story about the identification of a dead body, was "run-of-the-mill" until you got to the final paragraph.

Investigators are not sure if Powell died where her body was found or if she was killed elsewhere, WLWT Eyewitness News 5's most-overrated, obnoxious, annoying, stick-like, ho-bag, sperm-receptacle staff member Raegan Butler reported.
The original story, as you could imagine, has been yanked by the AP, but through the miracle of modern caches, you can see it here, or a screenshot here.
(Courtesy Wizbang)

Posted by mhking at July 20, 2004 09:06 AM

Ooooh . . . that really bites!

Posted by: Lola at July 20, 2004 09:46 AM

Whoa! He/she sure let it rip!

Posted by: Fausta at July 20, 2004 11:15 AM

That's... I mean... wow.

It's a good thing I don't have mad computer skillz, or that sort of thing would be cropping up all over the wire services. HA!

Posted by: Beck at July 20, 2004 01:11 PM

I know I shouldn't be laughing, but...I'm laughing anyway.
That was just WRONG.

Posted by: Julie Anne Fidler at July 21, 2004 12:04 AM

What an ASS!

Posted by: Linda at July 21, 2004 09:41 AM

That was so unprofessional, and uncalled for. I think that person deserved to be fired.

Posted by: jane at July 21, 2004 09:42 AM

And they were fired.

From the ChannelCincinnati website (http://www.channelcincinnati.com/station/3556677/detail.html):

On Monday, July 19, language was added to a news story on channelcincinnati.com that was offensive and hurtful toward one of our staff members and was an egregious violation of the standards of this news organization. As soon as the posting was discovered it was immediately removed from channelcincinnati.com and a company-wide effort was mounted to remove all references to the story from Web search engines.

This posting was the result of one individual's actions and that individual has been terminated.

We regret the trouble this has caused for the individual named and our entire staff and we apologize to viewers of channelcincinnati.com.

Posted by: Rob Bernard at July 21, 2004 02:20 PM

There's just one problem: this reporter does slightly resemble a ho-bag, stick figure, sperm receptacle, buck toothed grin and all.

Technically, the editor reported truth and he/she gets fired for that? SHUH!

Posted by: Silent Mike at July 24, 2004 11:07 PM
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