CBS46's Sharon Reed On Why She Hit Back at Racist Viewer Email


"When arguing with somebody, you have to be careful not to mischaracterise their viewpoint, so I won't mischaracterise your view either, Kathy Rae", she said.

"You are what's wrong with the world", she allegedly said at the end. "It's OK for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites, really?"

"Number one, you mischaracterized what I said", Reed said. "So I won't mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae".

Unfortunately, the conversation left viewer Kathy Rae fuming, so much so that she felt compelled to send Reed an email saying she ought to be fired for making "race baiting comments".

The incident arose during the panel's coverage of Atlanta's tightly-fought mayoral election, in which race had reportedly become a significant factor.

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 December 5, 2017, you think it's OK to call this journalist a 'n****r.' I don't".

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Atlanta voted yesterday for its mayor, deciding between Keisha Lance Bottoms, an African-American candidate, and Mary Norwood, who is white, in a contest that appears to hang on roughly 750 votes and is headed for a recount.

Reed chose to first display the content of the email on the big screen before she had a chance to react to it. Atlanta has had black mayors since the 1970s.

"We do try to keep it real here", she added. Kathyrae192 wrote. "you are what I call a N****r not a black person. you are what's wrong with the world".

"Race was woven all through the campaign and plenty of folks here were talking about it", she said. "When black journalists get together, we've all had these similar horror stories". She went to her manager, who gave her the green light to share the email without a problem. You can see Reed's entire reply in the video below.

"I'm going to hold it, because I think there's some confusion behind the scenes", Reed began, reading the comment on air and noting she misspelled the N-word. "To me, it was an easy decision".