US TV anchor confronts racist email from viewer live on air

Lawrence Kim
December 7, 2017

Quite the contrary, we think that race is an authentic discussion to have. It's o.k. for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites.

A TV news anchor has shut down a racist viewer live on air, and the footage is one of the most satisfying things I've seen in a while.

She cautioned against mischaracterizing other people's words. "And it's one that has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor's race". I get it. On 5 December, 2017, you think it's OK to call this journalist a "n--r".

She added: "When arguing with somebody you have to be careful not to mischaracterise their viewpoint, so I won't mischaracterise your view either, Kathy Rae".

Sharon Reed, who co-anchor the local CBS46 news, called out viewer Kathy Rae live on air Tuesday for calling her the N-word.

Reed spoke directly into the camera to the email's author: "I won't mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae. And that'll be the last word". "Reall???", the email, written by a viewer named Kathy Rae, read. "It's after 9 o'clock". There are grown ups at home.

After a talking about the role race played in the Atlanta mayoral election with her colleague, CBS46 anchor in Atlanta, Sharon Reed, received a letter from a viewer who made a decision to call her the N-word.

Reed, of course, is no stranger to publicity, and enjoyed plenty during her time in Philly (and after, for that matter, as this article shows).

The anchor left amid an online harassment controversy that pitted her against fellow staffer Alicia Taylor. Responding to the station and Reed's coverage, an emailer identifying herself as Kathy Rae sent Reed a message calling her "a racist N****r".

Then, rather than going off on Rae for her comment, Reed ended the discussion with a classy blow. "And here's my response", the Atlanta reporter wrote on her Facebook page. According to the Associated Press, that newscast drew a record number of viewers for the time slot.

Reed further added why she made a decision to take the high road, instead of getting into a full-blown argument with her accuser. She began by reading the message aloud.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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