Does anyone think that KSTP is using the illness of one of their own reporters for ratings? In the veiled promos for their story, they refer to a terrible illness (cancer?) that their reporter is fighting. Is this shameless exploitation or a valuable news item?

6 Comments so far

  1. Foster (unregistered) on April 25th, 2005 @ 6:01 pm

    Very astute. I believe the terrible illness will be revealed Sunday, May 1st… wait for it… the first day of the May ratings sweeps period.

    Tom Green, eat your heart out. If they show her uterus, I cry obscenity charges to the FCC.

  2. Erica (unregistered) on April 26th, 2005 @ 12:02 am

    I saw a billboard the other day (can’t remember where) of a very horrid-looking KSTP personality. I don’t know who she was, but everyone in the car commented on how awful she looked (fresh out of a chemical peel, actually) and wondered why they chose that particular photo for a billboard.

  3. Lex (unregistered) on April 26th, 2005 @ 3:21 pm

    I find that the local news in Minneapolis/St. Paul particularly salacious. I am surprised that KMSP would veer from their standard fare of “what common household item will KILL YOUR KIDS” and do a human interest story on one of their own.

  4. Greg (unregistered) on April 26th, 2005 @ 4:28 pm

    I saw that same billboard – it’s Cyndy Brucato!

  5. Erica (unregistered) on April 26th, 2005 @ 11:44 pm

    Beth Hawkins at the City Pages seems to think it’s Kristin Stinar.

  6. Foster (unregistered) on April 27th, 2005 @ 9:52 pm

    Erica: it is Stinar. I recall her name from the promo. Don’t get too worried, she’ll be ok. They wouldn’t show her dying, it’s bad karma. Remember, on all these real life dramas, they never die. It’s an ironclad rule, just like you never see police brutality on “Cops”.

    PS. Don’t look too hard at the Brucato billboard. You’ll turn to stone. Actually, she doesn’t look bad for a 97-year-old.

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