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Demler silent as Ch.2 boys act out; Trump may have "Apprentice" deadline

By Alan Pergament

I can't believe I am writing this, but I wish I knew what Maryalice Demler was thinking during her Channel 2 male teammates' sexist discussion of New York Yankee star Derek Jeter's dating life.

Normally I would never advocate Demler adding her two cents to any story. I've criticized her in the past for her frequent habit of commenting on news stories after they are read.

But the behavior of her male teammates at the end of the 6 p.m. newscast Thursday practically demanded some response from a 21st Century woman.

If you missed it, here's a summary of what happened.

At the end of Jonah Javad's sportscast, he showed a graphic from ESPN's SportsNation that had a baseball diamond with many of Jeter's previous love interests playing every position, including designated hitter. The lineup of models and actresses included Mariah Carey, Jessica Biel, Tyra Banks and Minka Kelly.

"You talk about All-Star lineups in baseball," said Javad.

In the background, you could hear either anchor Scott Levin or weatherman Kevin O'Connell say "wow."

I think it was Levin, but it was hard to distinguish and I was kind of startled by the whole happy talk conversation. Levin also appeared to have added "not bad."

One of the guys added "not too shabby."

"Props to Derek Jeter," added Jovad.

"You've got to see who is in the bullpen," added O'Connell.

At one point, Levin seemed to be looking over at Demler, perhaps expecting a response.

She gave a couple of quizzical and perhaps disapproving looks at the high school hijinks around her but said nothing as she signed the newscast off.

I know some people may have thought her facial expressions spoke volumes. I even got an email to that effect.

But I really wanted to hear what she was thinking about an exchange that you'd more likely hear at a bar, in a locker room or on a sports talk program aimed at male viewers.

In front of Demler, the conversation was inappropriate, insensitive and disrespectful.

And funny. I am ashamed to say I laughed a little. OK, a lot. But I hated myself for doing it.

Then I tried to guess what Demler might have been thinking as her teammates had a field day with Jeter's romantic life. Here are the options:

"I am right here, can't you see me?"

"As if you guys would have a chance with any of them."

"Boys will be boys."

"I'm working with a bunch of Neanderthals."

"Won't you guys grow up already?"

In any event, Demler deserves some credit for practicing restraint.

I never thought I'd write that sentence, either. 

Memo to the Republican party members wooing Donald Trump to run for governor of New York State and waiting for him to give them an answer: The Donald appears to be facing a TV deadline. According to a well-placed NBC source, Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" is scheduled to go into production by mid-March.

Presumably, he would have to make a decision a week or so before then to either run for governor or be a part of the TV show. If he decides to run later, he could be wasting the money that it costs to produce the show. It would be just about impossible for him to be on the show and run for governor. And the show couldn't run in the fall with Trump on it if he is running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo because of equal time provisions.

Congratulations to former Channel 4 reporter Michele McClintick Mehaffy. She has been named the consumer affairs manager for the Buffalo division of Wegman's. "It is truly my dream job!" she told me via Facebook.

apergament@buffnews.com 

 

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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