Critic of 'Obese' Anchor Stands By His Words
Believes WKBT anchor Livingston can use her public position to influence health in La Crosse market
Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/3/2012 2:21:24 PM
"She's lovely, smart, articulate," posted one Judith Gervais. "Shame on you Mr. Krause. Shame."
Livingston addressed Krause's letter, which read in part, "Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular," on air Oct. 2 in an emotional 4-minute segment.
Krause was invited to appear on WKBT, but declined. He issued a statement instead.
"Given this country's present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston's fortuitous position in the community, I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region children by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year, and, to that end, I would be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept," he said.
Livingston made the rounds of the networks' morning news shows Oct. 3.
What on earth is this man's problem? How did he get so ignorant to believe that Jennifer cannot "influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region children" exactly as she is? She cannot do these things unless she is the size and shape he believes is correct? And why is he unwilling to take her offer and appear to discuss the matter for all to see? Perhaps he is not the picture of health and, therefore, not an appropriate role model for anyone - including his family and friends? And what an self-righteous offer: he "would be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept," Is he God? Dr. Oz? Dr. Phil? A world renowned health professional? We don't know - because he has not told us. He has told us that he is a classic bully: beat up those he deems worthless and week and then fail to accept responsibility by facing his victims. Here is some unsolicited advice for this coward: grow up.
j mitchell - 10/4/2012 9:08:49 AM EDT
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