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KTXL Ditches Man on the Street, Interviews Staff for Reactions Instead

The reactions were the same but the setting was definitely different.

In a story this week about a controversial poster displayed at the local highway patrol academy, Sacramento Fox-affiliate KTXL featured reactions from its own staff, including the assignment manager, shot in the station’s newsroom.

One staffer interviewed for the story by reporter Rowena Shaddox even wore a lanyard with the logo of KTXL’s owner, Tribune, while standing in front of a wall displaying the station’s “FOX 40″ logo, leaving little doubt about his background. Video inside…

Assignment manager Ron Lopez told Shaddox that he was concerned about the poster, which contains an image of a fat cop alongside the image of a black inmate working out, because he has dealt with weight issues most of his life.

On the same day KTXL aired the poster story, reporter Dennis Shanahan followed Shaddox for a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of a TV reporter (video here). That story did not include footage of Shaddox interviewing KTXL staffers, although it did feature an interview with Lopez.

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