TV anchor in the news with racial bias claims

Feb 3, 2009 Read more: Chicago Tribune 496
The biggest story in local broadcast news Monday night had well-known names, controversy, plenty of TV reporters on the scene - and it didn't air on a single station that night. Read more

“Go Cubs Go!”

Since: Sep 07

Homewood

#511 Feb 5, 2009
Barbara wrote:
<quoted text> Alyson Payne ?? Just how old are you anyway?? PUULease
One, what does age have to do with ones opinion?

And secondly... What the hell are you even asking? I for one have no clue what your comment even means...

Go buy a clue Babs.
G Banks

Madison, WI

#512 Feb 5, 2009
Good job Saunders. Readers in Chicago knew Feder had a agenda. We are happy someone finally spoke up about it.
Good-bye Feder, you racist
G Banks

Madison, WI

#513 Feb 5, 2009
South Side Irish wrote:
<quoted text>
Served us how?
The truth hurts, especially when you are S.Side Irish.
Disgusted

Manteno, IL

#514 Feb 5, 2009
I have never read Feder and know absolutely nothing about him. But Sauders was wrong. Someone that has been a member of the media as long as he has knows how things work. Now Feder is guilty until proven innocent. Saunders made a statement that provided no proof. If he's fortunate we won't soon be seeing a major slander suit in court. Saunders has a lengthy history of service to Chicago and the media. It's a shame he will go out with this as what people will remember. he should have also remember that critics bash everyone. That's what they do. Criticizing blacks is not automatically racist.
my kind of town

Berwyn, IL

#515 Feb 5, 2009
G Banks wrote:
Good job Saunders. Readers in Chicago knew Feder had a agenda. We are happy someone finally spoke up about it.
Good-bye Feder, you racist
Really? Readers in Chicago knew? Funny, no one ever said it.
So, you think it is fair game to attack someone based on their religion?
Wow. Still waiting for any African American to agree with Saunders' slur.
Saunders "bravely" spokeup? From a podium to a guy who is retired?
Saunders is an egotistical, over-the-hill chair warmer who never
deserved the job he had and disgraced it before he left.
A "journalist" who spoke biggotry to call someone racist is a joke.
Spector

Chicago, IL

#516 Feb 5, 2009
G Banks wrote:
Good job Saunders. Readers in Chicago knew Feder had a agenda. We are happy someone finally spoke up about it.
Good-bye Feder, you racist
First off St. Louis, it's "an agenda." We always use "an" before a word starting with a vowel. Like, "The poster from St. Louis is an idiot." Perhaps you need an editor? Or a grade school teacher.

Second, I watched Saunders last night on the 10 p.m. newscast. I gave up counting the times he got tounge tied and flubbed. The last segment was really bad -- there was a "news" clip on a boy who got the world's highest score on a videogame. Saunders tried to read the number but he got "confused" and stated the score number in the thousands, when in fact the total score was far higher. Saunders said something like "Nine thousand, six hundred, and one ...two ...three ...four ...five" for the remaining numerals he messed up. He and the other reporters just laughed off the incident.

I wonder if he has had a stroke(s) or perhaps vision problems. Feder was right -- Saunders should have gone years ago. This only shines a spotlight on Saunders' own personal problems.

Ch 5 should have fired him immediately for such slander anyway.
Disgusted

Manteno, IL

#517 Feb 5, 2009
Spector wrote:
<quoted text>
First off St. Louis, it's "an agenda." We always use "an" before a word starting with a vowel. Like, "The poster from St. Louis is an idiot." Perhaps you need an editor? Or a grade school teacher.
Second, I watched Saunders last night on the 10 p.m. newscast. I gave up counting the times he got tounge tied and flubbed. The last segment was really bad -- there was a "news" clip on a boy who got the world's highest score on a videogame. Saunders tried to read the number but he got "confused" and stated the score number in the thousands, when in fact the total score was far higher. Saunders said something like "Nine thousand, six hundred, and one ...two ...three ...four ...five" for the remaining numerals he messed up. He and the other reporters just laughed off the incident.
I wonder if he has had a stroke(s) or perhaps vision problems. Feder was right -- Saunders should have gone years ago. This only shines a spotlight on Saunders' own personal problems.
Ch 5 should have fired him immediately for such slander anyway.
Read my post above. I disagreed with what Saunders did. Fire him him for what, exercising his right to an opinion? Does Feder also work for Channel 5? Does Channel 5 speak for Feder? He's a big boy- he'll decide how to handle it. I agree that a lot of his broadcasts lately have not been of high quality. But since he has already announced his retirement, why push it? His legacy has already been stained with this whining.
Spector

Chicago, IL

#518 Feb 5, 2009
Disgusted wrote:
<quoted text>
Read my post above. I disagreed with what Saunders did. Fire him him for what, exercising his right to an opinion? Does Feder also work for Channel 5? Does Channel 5 speak for Feder? He's a big boy- he'll decide how to handle it. I agree that a lot of his broadcasts lately have not been of high quality. But since he has already announced his retirement, why push it? His legacy has already been stained with this whining.
Fire him for being a highly paid on-air personality who engaged in an outrageous, unwarranted act of slander. Do you understand what slander is, sir? Should I provide a definition? Caselaw?

Saunders represents WMAQ. He is a public face of the station. If some reporter from another station publicly stated in a similar setting that "Mr. X is a tax cheat," or "Mrs. Y is an adultress," statements which were arguably untrue or unsubstantiated, would you likewise agree that anything goes?

Slander causes damage to someone's reputation in the community. That was exactly Saunders' intent when he attacked Feder -- to get back at him for prior bad reviews, and to somehow humiliate him in front of hundreds of peers. Possibly even to harm Feder's future employment prospects. This was no slip of the tongue. It was admittedly planned in advance.

Free speech only goes so far,-- remember one can't scream fire in a crowded theater. This crossed that line, especially the line of media professionalism set forth by the media organizations themselves.

A Chicago TV station recently fired a [white female] news reporter for going swimming in an interviewee's swimming pool. Don Imus was fired for calling people, not even by name, a group of "nappy headed ho's." Saunders outrageous behavior should be treated with an equal response, regardless of his age or color or retirement date.

If Saunders worked at a (non-media...) corporation he would have immediately been terminated or severely disciplined.

Fire him.
South Side Irish

Chicago, IL

#519 Feb 5, 2009
G Banks wrote:
<quoted text>
The truth hurts, especially when you are S.Side Irish.
The TRUTH is Fahey Flynn; Joel Daly; John Drury... The Golden Age!!
Oneproblem

AOL

#521 Feb 6, 2009
Warner Saunders beats his wife that's why she cries. Ask anyone who knows them.
Clarence

Orland Park, IL

#522 Feb 6, 2009
Everybody write to Ch. 5 to get rid of Saunders once and for all. Saunders is a low point in the liberal media.
my kind of town

Berwyn, IL

#524 Feb 6, 2009
Clarence wrote:
Everybody write to Ch. 5 to get rid of Saunders once and for all. Saunders is a low point in the liberal media.
Let's hope Saunders and Channel 5 will handle it
with an even earlier retirement date. A "journalist"
who speaks like a biggot to accuse someone of racism
cannot front a serious news organization. Dump him.
The Dark Side

Pompano Beach, FL

#525 Feb 6, 2009
Not only beating his wife, he probably beats his meat too!
Oneproblem wrote:
Warner Saunders beats his wife that's why she cries. Ask anyone who knows them.
holly p

Glencoe, IL

#526 Feb 6, 2009
Feder was also consistently quite harsh on former NBC-5 anchor Don Lemon and former Fox News anchor Tamron Hall, both of whom have gone on to very visible national news positions, despite Feder's criticisms of their talents and abilities. I admire Mr. Saunders for speaking his mind. It's not that difficult to see a pattern and common theme in Feder's criticisms.
Disgusted

Manteno, IL

#527 Feb 6, 2009
Spector wrote:
<quoted text>
Fire him for being a highly paid on-air personality who engaged in an outrageous, unwarranted act of slander. Do you understand what slander is, sir? Should I provide a definition? Caselaw?
Saunders represents WMAQ. He is a public face of the station. If some reporter from another station publicly stated in a similar setting that "Mr. X is a tax cheat," or "Mrs. Y is an adultress," statements which were arguably untrue or unsubstantiated, would you likewise agree that anything goes?
Slander causes damage to someone's reputation in the community. That was exactly Saunders' intent when he attacked Feder -- to get back at him for prior bad reviews, and to somehow humiliate him in front of hundreds of peers. Possibly even to harm Feder's future employment prospects. This was no slip of the tongue. It was admittedly planned in advance.
Free speech only goes so far,-- remember one can't scream fire in a crowded theater. This crossed that line, especially the line of media professionalism set forth by the media organizations themselves.
A Chicago TV station recently fired a [white female] news reporter for going swimming in an interviewee's swimming pool. Don Imus was fired for calling people, not even by name, a group of " **** headed ****." Saunders outrageous behavior should be treated with an equal response, regardless of his age or color or retirement date.
If Saunders worked at a (non-media...) corporation he would have immediately been terminated or severely disciplined.
Fire him.
Boy you sure wrote a lot to argue against something I told you I agreed with. I know what he did. Don't insult my intelligence with the definition of slander. I could just easily attack your reading ability considering I directly said Saunders was wrong. But he is not going to be fired, period. Channel 5 is not going to start a racial controversy when he has already announced he is going. I agree with that. If you read what I said, I said Feder is a big boy that can take care of himself. He can sue if he wants.
my kind of town

Berwyn, IL

#528 Feb 6, 2009
holly p wrote:
Feder was also consistently quite harsh on former NBC-5 anchor Don Lemon and former Fox News anchor Tamron Hall, both of whom have gone on to very visible national news positions, despite Feder's criticisms of their talents and abilities. I admire Mr. Saunders for speaking his mind. It's not that difficult to see a pattern and common theme in Feder's criticisms.
Ok, that is 2....now, how many columns over how many years covering
how many media folks, black and white, and how many were words
of praise or words of criticism and how do they line-up in terms of
comments concerning latino, asian, indian or arab...let's see how
"difficult' it is to prove your pattern theory. It's absolute nonsense.
Not one African American journalist, retired or working, has lowered
themselves to join his incompetent pity party. Stupid. Classless. Biggot.
southsider

Jersey City, NJ

#529 Feb 7, 2009
6033nsheridangrocer wrote:
<quoted text>
Wanna set some stuff straight??
First of all Lauren Jiggetts came back to Chicago from Boston where there was signicant influence used to get her a gig there... Or did you not know that her fathers family was from that area and he got his start in that market after college and Bears football ... She certainly didn't get the job because of her prowess as a basketball player at Stevenson but more likely because even as early as her junior year in high school was doing vogue modeling and photography... And Cheryl Burton ?
Her 'training' came as a former Chicago Bears Honey Bear and transitioned when she became engaged to Jim Rose (Channel 7) in 1985...
Secondly if you really want some insight into what happened Monday night check into what Tom Shaers and Dick Kays roles were in breaking up the ugly incident...
Thirdly, it absolutely IS possible to be aware of Mr. Rosenthals intent and frankly accurate reporting of a NEWS story...
I'm writing these comments under s pseudonym but trust me-- my knowledge is second hand and my source is impeachable...
So where are you a reporter ??
Are you a reporter? And btw...try checking your facts. Cheryl Burton worked in other markets before coming here. Dan Jiggets is from New York and never worked in Boston. And your source is "impeachable"?....tr y impeccable next time. No wonder you are writing under a pseudonym.
rosco

Chicago, IL

#530 Feb 8, 2009
Remember Hosea Sanders, the guy with heroin problems?
Disgusted

Manteno, IL

#532 Feb 8, 2009
southsider wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you a reporter? And btw...try checking your facts. Cheryl Burton worked in other markets before coming here. Dan Jiggets is from New York and never worked in Boston. And your source is "impeachable"?....tr y impeccable next time. No wonder you are writing under a pseudonym.
I got a laugh out of this. When you mentioned "impeachable", keep in mind that this also means her sources cannot be trusted
Jim Gannon

Flossmoor, IL

#533 Feb 8, 2009
Mr. Saunders is quite deliberate in his approach to diminish the past reporting of Mr. Feder. I have stopped watching Channel 5 10 PM news. I find Channel 2 much more refreshing and aligned with my need for breaking news. Mr. Saunder should take his distortions and retire while he still has some followers.

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