I’ve heard that free publicity is the best king, but apparently that kind of attention is damaging to a news station and a reporter. According to Yahoo News, WJARin Rhode Island fired Julie Tremmel, and several of her supporters are wondering if the dismissal came as a result of a handstand the journalist performed on camera while filming a segment for popular reality show “America’s Got Talent.” In case you’re wondering, I’m not sure if a handstand qualifies as America having talent.
Whether you’re into news personalities putting their own take on things is something that is extremely subjective. Personally, I don’t mind a reporter drawing a little attention to themselves. Yes, it doesn’t hurt that Tremmel is an attractive lady, by isn’t that what networks look for when they hire anchors? You could be the best reporter in the world, but if you don’t look good on camera you are likely to be sitting next to me in your pajamas hammering away at keyboard on a blog.
Perhaps the most worrisome aspect of the very public firing (because apparently she was popular with folks that watch WJAR) is the lack of details, which is ironic for a news organization. Was it the handstand? Was it the report on what to do if you are attacked by a bear last year? Who knows, but eventually, this will get sorted out without the media. Because, you don’t put stuff like this in your backyard, especially if that’s the business you are in. Oh, and here's the bear video courtesy of YouTube: