What it’s like to be a woman in TV

Many people in the media get a fair amount of feedback from the audience that’s fair game. But when it comes to assaults by cowardly knuckleheads, women are the primary targets.

What are you thinking, fellas?

What are you thinking @TiXiong13, who last evening got called out — and appropriately so — by Dawn Mitchell, the sports anchor and reporter at Fox 9 News.


What would compel a person to offer such an assessment?

It is not, most women in TV will tell you, uncommon.

After the pushback, @tixiong13, an embarrassment to confident and kind men, has made his Twitter account private. Of course.

Men rallied to Mitchell’s defense, assuring her that she’s gorgeous, which rather misses the point.

Mitchell was covering the Vikings NFL draft, during which the team drafted Mike Hughes, who was dismissed from North Carolina after sexual assault allegations didn’t yield criminal charges.

  • MrE85

    “Men rallied to Mitchell’s defense, assuring her that she’s gorgeous, which rather misses the point.”

    Misses it by a mile.

    • I see my comment has already been made.

    • jon

      And I was all like:
      “Damn Girl, you are looking courageous today! I’m sure you get that all the time tho, strong, courageous, independent woman like you has got the full package! You go on now, don’t let me stop you or slow you down in your efforts to speak truth to power!”

  • Mike Worcester

    //After the pushback, @tixiong13, an embarrassment to confident and kind men, has made his Twitter account private. Of course.

    I’d ask if this particular tweeter (I’d like to call him something else but this is a family page after all), would make his insipid comments were his real name being used. Then I thought yeah, he just might based on what I see on other media outlets.

    And then I thought what difference does being identified make? It’s a stupid comment that deserves the scorn and derision it received.

    • MikeB

      I fully support the outing/dragging/exposing those who send these comments, emails, any form of ugly correspondence by these bros infected by their own insecure masculinity.

  • Knute

    From @JustNotSports…”Watch REAL guys read REAL comments made about sports reporters Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro – to their face. These fans learn some tweets are #MoreThanMean – they’re harassment.”

    #MoreThanMean – Women in Sports ‘Face’ Harassment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tU-D-m2JY8

    • That was just painful to watch.

      • Jack

        Honestly this is why I rarely read comments on any other sites.

  • lindblomeagles

    I’ve never been a big Dawn Mitchell fan, but she’s covered sports in this town for awhile. I think she originally started out at KSTP on the weekend. My long point is, she knows her stuff. That said, regardless of news topic (sports, weather, the news, etc.), TV stations typically want an attractive, yet knowledgeable woman to present the stories. They rarely hire an average sized or looking woman, and typically the TV news women have long hair, especially in the sports’ industry. Even the older, established women sports journalists (see Michelle Tafoya and Wendy Nix) appear on camera looking much younger than their actual age. Jackie Mc Mullin (ESPN contributor) is one of the few women sports’ journalist who doesn’t hide her age or play the “still sexy at 40 or 50” card.

    • Veronica

      While I’m not a huge fan of Fox 9, I can appreciate that they have kept their experiences women anchors on.

      • lindblomeagles

        Me too. Thanks for the comment.

  • eat_swim_read

    Good catch – the rush of compliments does miss the point. Her ego doesn’t need bolstering by strangers.
    Well said –