Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Anchor responds on air to viewer who called her the 'N word'

Anchor responds on air to viewer who called her the 'N word' Anchor responds on air to viewer who called her the 'N word'
Stacy Diaz | 08 December, 2017, 00:40

Adding, "When arguing with somebody, you have to be careful not to mischaracterize their viewpoint".

"You need to be fired for the race-baiting comment you made tonight", Reed said, reading the email from Kathy Rae, which was displayed on the newscast. You are what's wrong with the world.

Reed and her fellow news anchors were discussing the role race played in the campaign because mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms-who won by less than one percentage point-is black and her opponent was a white woman. It's important to talk about race, she said, adding that she and her colleagues chose to have that discussion on air after noting that race had become an issue in the Atlanta mayoral race.

After tackling the topic of Rae's post, Reed responded to the language, stating that though Rae had mischaracterized Reed's perspective, the journalist would not mischaracterize Rae's words.

"On December 5, 2017, you think it's okay to call this journalist a n****r".

"I would say to Kathy a couple of things", Reed said. "I don't. I could clapback and say a few things to you, but instead I'll let your words speak for themselves". "See ya at 11 on CBS46 with the latest results in the Atlanta mayor's race!" "We're going to put that email on the screen and then I'll comment after it". Norwood is running as an independent, white Bottoms is supported by the state's Democratic Party. "That said, if you're going to write me using that word, I don't think it's appropriate for me to censor it for viewers". "It's not the first, second, third, or hundredth - voicemails, emails - not necessarily to my face [but] over the phone", she says.

Reed addressed her accuser directly, also noting she spelled the "N word" incorrectly.

Kathie Rae didn't want Reed talking about race, but Reed wasn't backing down. "Because we try to keep it real here and I think we do a very good job of it".

Reed said the response has been "nice" and acknowledged that while everyone can have their own and differing opinions, they must be responsible for them, too.

Reed's powerful rebuke of the racist email was praised online.