Rocketing around the web last week was a video of KTRK anchor Melanie Lawson falling behind her desk during a broadcast.
Lawson handled the thing with the professional aplomb she always shows. Many Houstonians know she has multiple sclerosis, so the whole thing wasn't as funny perhaps as the usual anchor blooper video.
Fox & Friends apparently got in on the fun this weekend, according to one viewer who says she was appalled by what she saw.
I am very conservative politically and watch the Fox News cable channel from morning to night. Their political views align with mine and I do not trust the other media outlets which have a hard liberal bias.
However, the FNC show Fox and Friends Saturday which aired yesterday 3-27-10(6-9 AM)included a "funny" video segment of a Houston Anchor woman falling from her chair while on the air. The segment was called "Anchors Away" and was accompanied by raucus jokes and malcious commentary as the anchor fell to the floor on while on the air. That anchor was Melanie Lawson.
As much as I like and trust Fox politically, I wrote to them demanding that they issue a live, on air apology on the Oreilly program which will be aired on Monday 3-28-10 (7 PM). I do not find anyone falling out of their chair to be news or funny, especially when that person is one of our Houston anchors who is afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis...
Political alignment is one thing and is very important in what news I watch. But, I will not stand by idly when someone such as Melanie Lawson is mocked and laughed at, regardless if it was my favorite network that did it.
We can't find the Fox & Friends clip online, so we'll take this dedicated viewers' word for it.
And like we said, Lawson herself shook the whole thing off with a smile. Still, it's good to know that the network that ran so vehemently with Sarah Palin's complaints about Rahn Emanuel using the word "retarded" has a sense of humor about some afflictions.
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