WCSH 6 Anchor Shows How Mean and Hurtful Some Viewers Can Be
People in broadcasting get complaints all the time. We get our fair share here, but we all accept it as part of the job as a broadcaster. A recent message that Sharon Rose Vaznis of WCSH 6 got on her Facebook page show that TV news viewers may be the worst.
People can be very brave when sitting behind a shroud of anonymity on social media or an anonymous letter or email. I don't know what compels them to take time out of their day to reach out to a public figure and insult them on a personal level.
This week Sharon Rose Vaznis of WCSH 6 posted a private message she received on Facebook that attacked her personally. She shared it with a laugh which I applaud her for, because when someone takes the time to stoop to this level it, it can't be an easy thing to brush off.
Local and national TV news journalists get this all the time. You might remember the TV news anchor who was told in an email that she was setting a bad example for children by being overweight.
Or the TV meteorologist who got emails saying her dress was inappropriate for morning television.
If you feel the need to complain about something you see on TV or hear on the radio, great. Every station has a contact section on their website for just that thing. However, if you feel the need to complain about someone with personal attacks, stop right there and think for a second. Is it something you would say in person? I'm betting you wouldn't, so why would you in an email or message on Facebook and Twitter?
The people you see on TV and listen to on the radio are everyday people just like you, except they happen to have a job that is very public providing you with entertainment and information. If you don't like what you see or hear, turn it off. Your problem is solved.
Luckily there are many more that enjoy what they are tuning in and don't feel the need to spread hate. Those bad apples in the bunch though can hurt, all because they never listened to their mother when she said "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."