Nobody feels sorry for a skinny little blonde TV bitch. I get it.
And I don’t really feel SORRY for her per se – she was wrong – on three fronts: 1. She was parked illegally 2. She forgot to act like a human being, to another human being. And 3. She works for ESPN. Know your company’s hair-trigger sensitivity to any bad PR from their talent, and learn how they virtually never stand by them in a pinch.
That said, I have real disgust for this new era of “Gotcha America” we are living in. You can say that everyone now has to assume every email is read, every text will be screen capped, every tweet will be archived, and every move you make will be captured on video.
It’s how we react to things when they do get caught on video that bothers me.
Did this story really deserve to be amongst the lead items on THE TODAY SHOW? I mean, really. This is a worthy use of time on the most watched national network morning news show?
While I understand the towing company has angry exchanges like this on every day that ends in a “y” and that they have the right to videotape towing victims to help backstop their own issues of liability and complaints on customer service – I’m not so sure they should have the right to push any such incident out into the public.
Did McHendry consent to the release of her exchange – while snotty, but hardly violent or threatening – to the public for widespread consumption? Is there no liability on the towing company if they inflict genuine economic harm on her career and livelyhood if it can be shown they had an intent to publicly embarass?
I’m sure they would claim the video was “leaked” by somebody, and that their policy is to never release such exchanges. But the damage is done.
And while the easy response is “well, it’s her fault for being such a raging bitch” that argument misses the point. While the public shaming of McHendry, with a 1-week suspension from ESPN, and a hard to calculate impact on her future career in television may seem like appropriate “punishment” for being such a petulant twat, there are easily imagined circumstances that pose bigger privacy dilemmas.
What if McHendry hadn’t leveraged her superior fitness and smile on this tow truck Helga, but instead was seen on video stumbling into the tow yard, and violently vomiting all over herself after a night of drinking? Or maybe her boyfriend was a member of a sports team she covers, and she’s seen on tape fondling and groping him while they wait for her car to pulled up?
Are those scenarios “newsworthy enough” to crank up the firehose of modern digital shame, and just shrug off the consequences by saying “well, she SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN DOING (insert thing here) THAT!”
What “other” professionals should be deemed “shameworthy” in the public pillory the next time they call somebody a “toothless, inbred, asswipe” while on surveillance video? CEO’s? Politicians? Airline pilots? Doctors?
Eh, in the end, I don’t care. I’ll say she’s “cute” (I can’t say hot, because there’s something odd about that upper lip) and modestly decent at saying things on television. Given the choice of me watching her do a stand-up report from Redskins camp over say Sal Palantonio, I’ll take her.
Of course the Redskins won’t like that. She already made a splash last year on the RG3 locker-room kerfuffle. I can confirm with multiple sources who were there at the time, her actual REPORTING of the events were SPOT ON. But the unwritten reporter “etiquette” of how it played out, certainly went against her favor.