"When arguing with somebody you have to be careful not to mischaracterize their viewpoint, so I won't mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae".
"You are what's wrong with the world", she allegedly said at the end.
Atlanta news anchor Sharon Reed made it very clear on Tuesday evening: watch what you say to her. Specifically, they were discussing the part that race was playing in the contest between Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is black, and Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who is white. No. 1: You mischaracterize what I said. "But instead, I'll let your words, Kathy Rae, speak for themselves, and that'll be the last word". Quite the contrary; we think race is an authentic discussion to have ... it's one that's clearly entered Atlanta's mayor's race. As reported on sites including the Root, she was discussing the racial dynamics in the Atlanta mayor race when Kathy Rae chose to reach out.
With the utmost professionalism, Reed debunked the original claim that she and her team, whose races range from white and Black, were somehow race-baiting. "I get it. On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it's okay to call this journalist a 'n--r.' I don't", Reed continued. Bottoms won, but Norwood has already filed for a recount. "A woman by the name of Kathy Rae emailed me and we're going to put that email on the screen and then I'll comment after it".
"We do try to keep it real here", she added. I don't. I could clap back and say a few things to you. The racial identities of the mayoral candidates constituted as such. NBC10 hired Reed in December 1999, where she worked the station's evening newscasts up until 2002. What she said was not in a teleprompter.
Being a black and brown journalist is a tough job, especially now. Not really. Let's move on.
She did email the viewer back and said thanked her for "making the show".
Comments regarding Reed's words were mostly positive, with folks saying the anchor "owned" the email writer and that Reed was "brilliant" in her response. Unfortunately, we see you.
"I don't have to have an army of supporters".