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TV anchor Jennifer Livingston blasts viewer who attacked her weight
New York Daily News ^ | Oct. 2, 2012 | Christine Roberts

Posted on 10/03/2012 5:51:11 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative

A local news anchor took the air Tuesday to blast a viewer who attacked her for being overweight.

Jennifer Livingston of WKBT in La Crosse, Wis., slammed the viewer on-air after he wrote in to complain that Livingston wasn't "a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular" because of her size.

"I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn't improved for many years," the viewer wrote in the email titled "Community Responsibility."

"I leave you this note hoping that you'll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle."

The letter quickly went viral after her husband, fellow WKBT anchor Mike Thompson posted it to his Facebook page Friday, telling followers that it made him "sick to his stomach."

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KEYWORDS: fat; livington; news; obese
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Isn't it funny when I read the Huffington Post as well today, and saw all the outrage to the email comments about this news anchor's weight...however, I can easily find threads about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on HuffPost mocking his obesity...many of the HuffPost posts attacking his weight with the most vicious invective?
1 posted on 10/03/2012 5:51:19 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative
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To: RochesterNYconservative

Ask any sailor—anchors are supposed to be heavy.


2 posted on 10/03/2012 5:57:34 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (When the Obama poster fades, the portrait of Che Guevara beneath it shows through.)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

The viewer was obviously a Michelle obama in the making!

PHOOEY to her, and TRIPLE-PHOOEY to Michelle obama, the weight Nazi!!!!


3 posted on 10/03/2012 5:57:38 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

Their FCC license should be revoked.

You don’t spend 15 minutes of broadcast time lambasting a private emailer without offering rebuttal time.


4 posted on 10/03/2012 5:58:39 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: RochesterNYconservative
The letter quickly went viral after her husband, fellow WKBT anchor Mike Thompson posted it to his Facebook page Friday, telling followers that it made him "sick to his stomach."

Oh, grow up and stop begging for attention.

Ms. Livingston actually has no public responsibility regarding health or fitness (although she has a responsibility to herself and her family). If her employer finds her appearance satisfactory, that's that, as far as the public is concerned.

I'll bet the station management is cheering all this free publicity! One even wonders whether the whole thing might be a setup to increase ratings and page views at the station's website ...

5 posted on 10/03/2012 5:59:24 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Optimism is much shallower than hope.)
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To: Honorary Serb

There is a reason I watch Fox News for Megan Kelly and not MSNBC and Rachel Madcow. I am a dude, and I like my women anchorwomen thin and attractive. Shoot me!


6 posted on 10/03/2012 5:59:24 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

Good for Jennifer! She stuck up for herself nicely and it’s nice to see someone who doesn’t look like a stick figure on a news program.


7 posted on 10/03/2012 6:00:06 AM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: GeronL

Totally agree...she whined...it was beyond pathetic. News people should have...excuse me for the mean pun...”thicker skin.”


8 posted on 10/03/2012 6:00:15 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

With so many hot news babes on air, why would you willing watch a fat one?

PS - I get my weather from the spanish language channels.


9 posted on 10/03/2012 6:01:04 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

She’s fat. She can either accept it or change it, but instead she and her husband decided to make an issue of it. Their choice.


10 posted on 10/03/2012 6:01:24 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

Calling someone ‘fatty’ or ‘obese’ a hate crime in Britain

British MPs have suggested that calling someone “fatty” or “obese” should be considered a hate crime on a par with racism or homophobia. Generations of children have traded banter - or bullying, depending on your perspective - about body weight in the schoolyard, and Enid Blyton even named one of her characters “Fatty” in her Five Find-Outers series.

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_calling-someone-fatty-or-obese-a-hate-crime-in-britain_1695765

just don’t call me late for dinner, fatty.


11 posted on 10/03/2012 6:01:50 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: woweeitsme

However, when I trolled on Huffington Post, I noticed the anger toward anyone who dared attack her weight. But find any thread on NJ Gov. Christie on HuffPost, and all have posts calling him vile names about his weight. I am pointing out liberals are double standards scum.


12 posted on 10/03/2012 6:02:11 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: Tax-chick

Agreed.


13 posted on 10/03/2012 6:02:17 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: wilco200

I love Kelly Cass on the Weather Channel...not bone thin, but beautiful with great gams.


14 posted on 10/03/2012 6:04:13 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

I don’t watch newscasts because I’m so sick of their preaching to us about health and environmental hazards. If this chick was getting a dose of her own medicine, I don’t feel so sorry for her but I presume that, at a small town station, she probably has other reasons for her size, not the least of which is enduring those Wisconsin winters.


15 posted on 10/03/2012 6:05:42 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

The good news for the station is that now everyone is going to watch the program to see how fat she really is.

My bet is that it was some Lib writing this letter. Those oh so tolerant Libs are usually the ones who mock fat Red State Americans who shop at Walmart.


16 posted on 10/03/2012 6:05:53 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: woweeitsme
She's certainly no stick figure.

I'm sorry, I don't like to see fat women. If she wants to be fat, thats fine - its her prerogative. But I don't have to like it and she shouldn't have monopolized that much time simply to whine and feel sorry for herself.

17 posted on 10/03/2012 6:06:09 AM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard
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To: RochesterNYconservative

lol

“struggle”

...

Yeah... it’s such a struggle to stop cramming food into your fat face!


18 posted on 10/03/2012 6:06:25 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

First- The person who sent the email is rude and an insensitive clod. Its not his business (or anyone elses) what a person weighs (this is especially true of the government).
Second- The news anchor protests too much. Every idiot with an opinion has email capability. If you dont make an idiot’s opinion public it fades into nothingness. That what should have happened here. If she was offended, confront the clod in private, dont broadcast it


19 posted on 10/03/2012 6:06:51 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (We won't stand for biased umps fixing a ball game but we allow a biased media to fix elections.)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

I worry about Chris Christie’s liberalism...not about his weight.


20 posted on 10/03/2012 6:07:44 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

She's a morning anchor, probably mostly watched by women who will feel better about themselves in comparison to her.

21 posted on 10/03/2012 6:07:54 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

This woman is NOT on the air to be a “role model”. It’s a job. “Role models” come in many different forms. Manager of a department store, a chef, a barber, a carpenter. Should they lose weight because it might have a negative impact on those that see them?

What’s next? Stop smoking? Dress better? Get a toupee?


22 posted on 10/03/2012 6:08:59 AM PDT by albie ("Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Frankli)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

I disagree. She did exactly the right thing and she did it with class.


23 posted on 10/03/2012 6:09:12 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!r)
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To: PapaBear3625

That explains the popularity of unwatchable shows like The View.


24 posted on 10/03/2012 6:09:43 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: xzins

Ditto!


25 posted on 10/03/2012 6:09:58 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!r)
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To: albie

So, Edward R Murrow, Ernie Pyle, and Walter Cronkite were never seen as role models? I disagree.


26 posted on 10/03/2012 6:10:36 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

How shallow you are!


27 posted on 10/03/2012 6:11:08 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadows of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

Under Obamacare, it will be everyone’s business. Obese people are generally less healthy, will cost taxpayers more money, and will use a disproportionate amount of the country’s limited healthcare resources.

Now, it’s none of my business. It may be one day.


28 posted on 10/03/2012 6:11:20 AM PDT by Shadowfax
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To: RochesterNYconservative
I guess people don't get out much. Her appearance, is 'normal' for parts of the country.

She can look however she wants and her employer can determine if she is 'qualified' and does a 'good' job as they see fit.

This is another first world problem, where people have nothing else to bitch about or complain about except some person trying to make a living and pay the bills.

29 posted on 10/03/2012 6:12:16 AM PDT by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

Isnt that what the first lady is doing..in the schools


30 posted on 10/03/2012 6:12:52 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Coldwater Creek

Men are visual, more so than women. It does not make myself or men who think like myself “shallow,” any more than women who obsess on how much money a man makes, for suitability for dating or marriage.


31 posted on 10/03/2012 6:14:49 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

I see both sides at fault here. On the one hand, I don’t think Jennifer Livingston should have spent all that time responding on the air. She could have just as easily shot back an email to the guy saying the same thing. On the other hand, after seeing the guy’s comments to her, I get the impression that he is an arrogant jerk who probably makes a habit of looking down his nose at other people, and finds reasons to tear them down.


32 posted on 10/03/2012 6:15:00 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: PapaBear3625

She’s an anchor all right...


33 posted on 10/03/2012 6:18:40 AM PDT by mquinn (Obama's supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

I agree with you. It’s the same reason I watch the news on Univision, and I don’t speak Spanish!


34 posted on 10/03/2012 6:19:38 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: RochesterNYconservative
Nothing wrong with those getaway sticks


35 posted on 10/03/2012 6:20:14 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa (Vote for Goode, end up with evil, pat self on back repeatedly)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

There are a couple of female anchors here who routinely get dumped on for being fat. Both of them have at least five kids.

Coincidence????? (especially when women like Camryn Manheim get a pass)


36 posted on 10/03/2012 6:22:21 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RochesterNYconservative

What a coincidence that this should come up during anti-bullying month & give them another PC platform to stand on.


37 posted on 10/03/2012 6:22:55 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes. (Josef Stalin))
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To: RochesterNYconservative

The viewer wrote a personal note to her and SHE made it a media event.

She gets no credit from me.


38 posted on 10/03/2012 6:27:51 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: RochesterNYconservative

Rather like when Congress was condemning political vitriol and Al Franken was sitting in the Senate at the time.


39 posted on 10/03/2012 6:28:34 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: wilco200

You DO know where the good stuff is...


40 posted on 10/03/2012 6:28:45 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: VA_Gentleman
I began watching Univision in order to learn Spanish. I have learned a great deal to date, including the fact that their female anchors are muy caliente!


41 posted on 10/03/2012 6:29:30 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum: "I think, therefore I am armed".)
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To: RochesterNYconservative

she’s not too bad to tell you the truth.


42 posted on 10/03/2012 6:30:52 AM PDT by youngidiot (The name's Bond. James Bond. James Bond Jovi.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Bonitas tetas....um, sonrisa.


43 posted on 10/03/2012 6:32:34 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: Tax-chick

Careful now, guys - dem BigAssas be the new minority and be demandin deys rights.

Seriously, though - I have pins in my heel from an old skiing + military injury and must spend $180 per pair of custom made shoe inserts so I don’t walk with a limp. You oughta see the tribe of grossly overweight middle aged couch potatoes (mostly female) in the waiting room every time I’m there. I commented on this to the technician - his answer: “Every day I want to scream at these fools: Loose some fu*kin’ weight, get off your big butt, get out and exercise, and you’ll be fine.”

The poor guy dedicated his career to help the handicapped. The last time I was there he was waiting on a 300#, 5’2” slob.


44 posted on 10/03/2012 6:33:12 AM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree; All

Her response is a classic fat person response.

She is quick with words and low on actions.

Is she blaming a medical condition?

Is her weight George Bush’s fault?

Is she waiting for Obama to fix her fat?


45 posted on 10/03/2012 6:33:12 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Coldwater Creek; RochesterNYconservative
How shallow you are!

I agree with Rochester.. like my women fit...would never date or marry a chubby or fat women no matter how nice they are personality wise..

The problem we have in todays society is fat acceptance and it should not be that way..no reason for any person to be fat..very unfair to their spouse if they were thin before marriage and got fat afterwards..would be serious grounds for divorce in my book.

46 posted on 10/03/2012 6:33:30 AM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Your post was the first post to make me chuckle in over two years...this used to be a pretty funny place...thanks for bringing it back.


47 posted on 10/03/2012 6:34:54 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: RochesterNYconservative
The only physical attribute required for TV anchors is that they have small hands.

You know, wee paws for station identification.

Ba-da-bum.

48 posted on 10/03/2012 6:35:22 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: longtermmemmory

>> classic fat person response... quick with words and low on actions.

Outta the park, baby, outta the park!


49 posted on 10/03/2012 6:35:59 AM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Si senor, muy muy caliente. Univision does it right when it comes to their anchorwomen.


50 posted on 10/03/2012 6:36:37 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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