ESPN is taking an impressive stand against the New York Post for publishing images from the peeping tom videotape of sports reporter Erin Andrews. NY Post staff members are now banned from all ESPN outlets.
“In light of the New York Post’s decision to run graphic photos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, we have decided to stop utilizing Post reporters on any of our outlets,” ESPN’s senior VP of communications, Chris LaPlaca said.
“Erin was grievously wronged here, and while we understand the Post’s decision to cover this as a news story, their running photos obtained in such a fashion went well beyond the boundaries of common decency in the interest of sensationalism. This is not a decision we undertook lightly, but we feel it is an appropriate one.”
The Post used images both in print and on its Web site Tuesday from a video the showed Andrews in the nude in a hotel room.
CBS and Fox used snippets of the video itself Tuesday, which LaPlaca called “beyond the pale.”
But he said ESPN could not take the kind of action against those networks it did against the Post because ESPN does not regularly employ those networks’ personnel.
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