[Anchor McGinty is shocked -- shocked! -- by comments]
Gannett's CBS affiliate in Washington posted a Pearl Harbor Day anniversary story yesterday designed to stir up lots of reader comments online. Then it broadcast a report on the outcome. Here's how it unfolded.
"Sidwell Friends School, Sasha and Malia Obama's School, Opts For Asian, including Japanese Food On Pearl Harbor Day"
Here, the station said, "were the options for Malia Obama and her sister, Sasha on the 'Day that will live in Infamy.'"
- Asian Mushroom Soup
- Oriental Noodle Salad
- Classic Spinach Salad
- Teriyaki Marinated Chicken Strips
- Szechuan Tofu & Veggies
- Garlic Roasted Edamame
- Vegetable Fried Rice
- Fortune Cookies
The station asked readers: "What do you think about the menu? Insensitive, or is it just time to move on?"
The reader comments
Among the nearly 200 so far, it's clear mandating Facebook IDs doesn't guarantee civility.
- Patricia Bayless writes: "What else would anyone expect out of the fraud and his brats and the Liberals? BTW, the brats are extremely homely."
- Aaron Shupp replies: "Patricia I'm guessing you're a homely, trainwreck of a trashy whore yourself considering you don't even use a portrait on Facebook."
The station then broadcast a segment about the story it had posted and the comments that followed.
On behalf of his co-workers, WUSA weekend anchor Derek McGinty expressed shock that the comments grew so divisive: "The absolute rage and name calling from some of you was frankly way over the top."
Related: Blogger Gil Asakawa writes, "This about takes the cake for lame-ass non-issues."