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Rude, Man, Really Rude

We're used to seeing TV anchors being treated with respect out in the world.

But that's not always how it turns out -- especially in angry, stressed and contentious times like these.

Case in point: Ch. 4's Jacquie Walker was the designated moderator for Gov. David Patterson's town meeting with some angry people in Niagara Falls. The event, therefore, was broadcast live on Ch. 4. When she first tried to ask Gov. Patterson a question, she was callously interrupted by an audience member who insisted everyone say the Pledge of Allegiance.

That done, she was steamrolled into silence yet again by a furious questioner at the microphone who ignored her attempts to talk in the most naked display of disrespect for a local sitting TV anchor I've ever seen. He just asked the governor his angry question and awaited a response.

It was only after the governor asked the crowd to let the event's moderator do her job that she was able to get back on track and do it.

You don't need to be a genius to figure out it means about the heat of emotions common at that Town Meeting. But does it mean anything about current audience relations with TV news anchors?

Frankly, I haven't the foggiest idea. Maybe someone else does -- and can enlighten us all.

--Jeff Simon

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