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05/08/2009

Digging up old 'pansies'

by Jeremy Hooper

Rogers-McKelwayHave you heard about that D.C.-based news anchor, Doug McKelway, who recently suggested to activist Mike Rogers that he wanted to "take [him] outside and give [him] a punch across the face"? The same anchor who, in lieu of an apology for his obviously out-of-line remarks, invited Mike back on his show to discuss the matter, only to then renege on that booking? Yea, well, check this out. We've just learned that this is not Mr. McKelway's first go-around with this kind of macho aggression:

Washington Post, February 18, 1994:
Channel 4 news anchor Doug McKelway apologized to viewers yesterday after he used the word "pansy" on the air while chatting with reporter Jess Atkinson during Atkinson's live report on ice skaters on the Mall ...

"It was extremely inappropriate," news director Dick Reingold said last night. Immediately following a commercial break, he said, McKelway returned to the air with the apology ...

"We thought it was important to present an apology for the remark as soon as possible," Reingold said. He said no disciplinary action had been taken against McKelway but "there will certainly be a follow-up today"
THE TV COLUMN [WaPo]

An apology as soon as possible? What a novel idea! It's just too bad that in the ensuing years, an actual suggestion of physical violence has come to be seen as less deserving of remorse than a floral-based bit of juvenile machismo was fifteen years prior.

But if we know Mike, he'll get his apology. Because while he's someone who probably wouldn't even get offended if an anchor did call him a "pansy," he is not one who many would ever consider a shrinking violet!

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I believe "renig" should be spelled "renege."

Posted by: Fan of G.A.Y. | May 9, 2009 10:34:43 PM

Oops. Thanks for catching that.

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 10, 2009 8:58:05 AM

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