July 26, 2009

As some of you may have heard, ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was the victim of a horrible crime. Some nut made a peep hole in her hotel room and shot video of her in the nude. That's disgusting enough, but then Rupert Murdoch's NY Post published photos of her that were blurred out as the pervert tried to sell them to other news agencies.

Sexy ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews was the target of a peephole pervert who surreptitiously shot a video of her walking around her hotel room naked -- and posted it on the Internet.

The sideline siren wants the creepy cameraman brought to justice, both for herself and to keep other victims from having to go through the same nightmare.

Andrews' lawyer, Marshall B. Grossman, confirmed yesterday she was "surreptitiously videotaped" while "in the privacy of her hotel room."

"Although the perpetrators of this criminal act have not yet been identified, when they are identified, she intends to bring both civil and criminal charges against them and against anyone who has published the material," Grossman said. In the video, Andrews is seen primping her hair and putting on her makeup...

I know the Post is a rag, but this is a low blow even for them. Yes, she is very attractive and the nation is full of voyeurs, but FOX News employs dozens of beautiful reporters on all of their shows. Would they be publishing nekkid shots of them on their pages? Nope. And they shouldn't. Once again a woman is victimized by the media. ESPN responded to the NY Post by banning their reporters that regularly appear on ESPN.

ESPN banned staffers from the New York Post from appearing on any of its programming on Wednesday after the newspaper published photos this week taken from a video showing sideline reporter Erin Andrews nude in a hotel room.

The Post published three images from the blurry video Tuesday.

"While we understand the Post's decision to cover this as a news story, their running photos obtained in such a fashion went well beyond the boundaries of common decency in the interest of sensationalism," ESPN senior vice president of communications Chris LaPlaca said in a statement Wednesday night.

Newspaper reporters are regular guests on ESPN shows.

The NY Post responded by calling them Mickey Mouse:

The New York Post declined to comment on Thursday on ESPN's decision to ban the newspaper's reporters from appearing on its outlets, but it fired back with an item on its gossip page calling ESPN a "Mickey Mouse sports network."

The item accused the network itself of being the first to identify ESPN reporter Erin Andrews as the woman in an illicitly recorded video that became an Internet sensation. There was no mention of the Post's decision to publish images from the video Tuesday, which infuriated ESPN.

Very mature response by the Post. I cover the sports media on the pages of C&L because a lot of the same garbage that goes on with the beltway Villagers happens in the journalism of the sports world. I'll have an ESPN cover up a little later on something completely different.

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