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News Anchor Buries Viewer Who Used N-Word

Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 12/6/2017, 11:08 a.m.
Sharon Reed, a news anchor on Atlanta’s CBS 46, fought back at a viewer who..

Sharon Reed, a news anchor on Atlanta’s CBS 46, fought back at a viewer who called her the n-word, and the situation is drawing national attention. The CBS 46 evening news anchor called out the viewer Tuesday night during the 9 p.m. Peachtree TV newscast, who had called her the N-word in an email by repeating the epithet in full on air. “On December 5, 2017, you think it’s okay to call this journalist a n*,” Reed said. “I don’t. But I could clap back and say a few things to you. But instead, I will let your words Kathy Rae speak for themselves. And that will be the last word.” The original email from a woman identified as Kathy Rae, which Reed showed on air, said: “You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight. It’s okay for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites. really? you are what I call a N not a black person. you are a racist N*. you are what’s wrong with the world.” Reed said the woman who wrote this spelled out the N-word, though with one g instead of two. She said the viewer mischaracterized what Reed had said. “I didn’t say that white people couldn’t talk about race. Quite the contrary. We think that race is an authentic discussion to have. It’s one we’re having tonight because it’s one you are talking about at home. It has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor’s race.” Added Reed: “We do try to keep it real here,” she added.