Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wtae, Give Wendy Bell Another Chance

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wtae, Give Wendy Bell Another Chance

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Regarding "WTAE-TV Fires Anchor Wendy Bell" (March 31): OK, so Wendy Bell messed up reporting her "feelings as fact" on Facebook. (I didn't read it that way, but what do I know? She thought the Wilkinsburg shootings were a horrendous event and gave her feelings about it. Didn't we all?) Not good for a journalist in any medium, true. But even Brian Williams, former NBC News anchor, wasn't fired after he was caught lying. Eventually he was moved to MSNBC. WTAE should do the same: Relegate Wendy to the "back 40" for its new 7 p.m. newscast on its multicast channel, thisTV.

Wendy is/was a big part of why lots of us watched WTAE's news. The chemistry seen and felt between her and all of her co-anchors will not be duplicated - at least anytime soon. She was genuine in her reactions to different stories: upset when they were terrible; happy when they were heartwarming. …

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