Monday, October 08, 2007

Ch. 19 Tries Airbrushing Its Most Embarrassing
Moment: Anchor Sharon Reed's Naked Coverage

In the nearly five years we've been bringing you this blog, we've endeavored to keep this a family-friendly environment. Okay, so we occasionally ogle attractive actresses (here and here), giving our middle-aged libido a little imaginative room to roam. But we've never delved into the raunchy side of life much (except for forays into political corruption), and certainly never linked to naked videos.

Until now, that is.

When we learned recently that Cleveland's Channel 19 news, a leader of the region's idiot culture, was trying to airbrush history so as to erase the record of its most embarrassing moment ever, the 2004 gimmick in which anchor Sharon Reed disrobed to "cover" a Spencer Tunick mass naked art shoot, we figured we had to act. The tabloid news operation has been trying to intimidate various sites into taking down the video, arguing that it violates the station's copyright. This is a silly argument on several levels, not least of which is the fact that the station initially milked the gimmick by permitting Reed to appear on such national venues as the Letterman show to discuss her moment of shame. And anyone who knows anything at all about copyright law knows this short clip would easily fall under "fair use" provisions of intellectual property laws.

So anyway, here's that three-year-old peep-show clip masquerading as news (and here's a great Connie Schultz deconstruction of the sad incident, which she argues amounted to sexual harrassment). I hope my fellow bloggers from around the region (and perhaps beyond) will also link to this clip, and send a message to the whoremongers who run the "newsroom" at Ch. 19 that history can't be rewritten.

5 Comments:

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous oddjobs said...

Sadly, in idiot culture's case, any news is good news. Worse, now I'm thinking about Sharon Reed. Every time I stumble across one of her moronic and insanely annoying "buzz" bits, it takes about a week for me to convalesce. Now you've reminded me that she was naked once, and worse, naked on local television. (actually, you couldn't pick a more appropriate venue.) As far as I'm concerned, the quest by 19 and its lackey legals to rid the notorious nude reporting from the net waves is one invaluable public service. we should be lauding them, not berating them. They finally do something to offset the environmental pollution they've been spewing out all these years and you get all righteous about an effort to re-write history? PULL-EASE. Sharon Reed part of the historical record? Sorry, but in this case, I'm backing the revisionists. i DON'T want to remember her. Now, i have to go. I feel sick again, partly because I realized I just typed her name twice...

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Good enough. We'll agree to disagree about this. I'd prefer that they try to have this sad chapter be forgotten through cleaning up their act generally, rather than trying to pretend this never happened. I'm just glad you felt moved to have your say after reading my take.

 
At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Mädchen said...

Seems to me like you don't really understand local news. Aside from the fact that some find her downright fetching, and even more so, when the family jewels and gems are covered only by digital blurring, Ms. Reed is by all rights the patron saint-elect of local news broadcasting and all that it stands for. And the nude reporting pretty much clinched the case for canonization. I can't think of anyone who better exemplifies the local news raison d’être: serving up fear, innanity and titillation (in this case, mostly the latter), all masked as worthwhile information. Come on, we all know that local news is just another version of any of the ridiculous afternoon "talk" shows. In fact, the only time I really get worried is when local news actually makes an attempt to get serious about something. I'm like, whoah, hold on there--you guys really don't have any expertise in actual reporting, so, before someone gets hurt, let's get back to the comfort zone of the crime blotter, news feeds and 20-second reports about nothing. Your expectations for local news are a bit naive, no? Oh well, I thought the whole Sharon Reed nudie thing was brilliant. And what can I say--mea culpa--I think she's hot. Reporting live--and nude--from downtown USA, I'm your local news.
p.s. Don't be mean this time...

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

No, on the contrary, we quite agree about this, to the letter. And I'm REALLY glad to see you return, Madchen, because in addition to having an intriguing name (or perhaps nickname), you're easily among the most literate and articulate commenters to EVER grace this venue. Only now do I realize I must have said something to offend you, for which I'm sorry. Anyway, you've been missed, and I'm so very glad to see you reappear.

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger Chris McVetta said...

As much as I am a fan of popular culture (Hey, my TV set was my babysitter, okay?), I still find it shameless that "19 Crackhead News" would feature Sharon Reed rushing from the beauty parlor to cover the tragedy of the "Tech school shootings." Thank God for Jon
Stewart, who keeps me sane in an insane world!

 

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