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Did Jennifer Livingston’s On-Air Editorial Cross a Line?

TVNewsCheck takes a look at some of the ethical questions raised by WKBT anchor Jennifer Livingston‘s on-air response to a viewer who wrote her a critical email about her weight:

“I understand her anger and that we should not be intimidated or bullied by cyber commentators. I also think her intervention sparked good discussion about obesity and how people react to obese people,” says the University of Wisconsin’s Stephen Ward, who heads the Madison campus’s Center for Journalism Ethics.

“That said, I am still uncomfortable when journalists use their power and access to media for their own ends — whatever ends they may be, good or bad,” Ward says. “In particular, I am uncomfortable with using a newscast as the forum for such a personal intervention.”

The piece also features an interview with WKBT news director Anne Paape, who defends Livingston’s editorial: Read more

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VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Livingston Shoot WKBT Promo

Jennifer Livingston, the WKBT anchor whose direct on-air response to a viewer who criticized her weight went viral last week, is a guest on “Ellen” Tuesday.

During the show’s taping, Ellen DeGeneres told Livingston she wanted to shoot a promo for the WKBT morning newscast, which Livingston anchors with meteorologist Bill Graul (video above).

“I like you very, very much. I really do,” DeGeneres told Livingston. “I just think more people should watch you. I’m sure that a lot of people do watch you, but I want more people to watch you. So I thought we should do a promo together for your show.” Read more

Ron Livingston Proud of His Bullied Sister

Ron Livingston, best known for his roles in “Office Space” and “Band of Brothers”, said he’s “extremely proud” of his sister Jennifer Livingston.   Jennifer, an anchor for WKBT in La Crosse, WI, recently called out a viewer who criticized her weight during her morning newscast.

According to People, Ron Livingston said, “My sister Jennifer … brings an exceptional dedication to her job, her family, and her community, and has been a role model of mine for many, many years,”

The email Jennifer Livingston received said in part, “Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain.”

Kenneth Krause, Author of Email Criticizing Jennifer Livingston’s Weight, Responds to WKBT Editorial

Kenneth Krause‘s critical email to Jennifer Livingston about her weight sparked a national controversy when the WKBT anchor delivered a forceful on-air editorial admonishing Krause for his bullying. Krause responded to Livingston’s editorial in a statement to WKBT Tuesday afternoon (video above).

“Given this country’s present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston’s fortuitous position in the community, I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year, and, to that end, I would be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept,” Krause’s statement reads.

WKBT also reported Tuesday night on the community response to Livingston’s editorial. Watch after the jump. Read more

Following On-Air Editorial on Her Weight, Jennifer Livingston Appears on Network Morning Shows

Just a day after Jennifer Livingston delivered a gutsy on-air editorial responding to a viewer complaint about her weight, the WKBT anchor told her story on the three network morning shows.

“This was a personal attack,” Livingston said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” (video above). “Calling me obese is one thing. Calling me a bad role model to our community that I’ve worked at for 15 years, and especially young girls when I have three girls, was a low blow. I thought it was uncalled for, and I wanted to call him out on it.”

Livingston, who is the sister of actor Ron Livingston, appeared on “GMA” with her husband, WKBT evening anchor Mike Thompson, and on NBC’s “Today” and “CBS This Morning” solo. Watch the other two appearances after the jump… Read more

VIDEO: WKBT Anchor Jennifer Livingston’s On-Air Response to Viewer Complaint About Her Weight

WKBT anchor Jennifer Livingston took a moment during Tuesday’s morning newscast to directly address a recent email she received from a viewer complaining about her weight (video above).

“I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition has not improved for many years,” the email reads. “Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain.”

“To the person who wrote me that letter — do you think I don’t know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don’t see?” Livingston asked in response. “You don’t know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family. And you have admitted that you don’t watch this show. So you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside. And I am much more than a number on the scale.” Read more