For a time, she withdrew herself from future appearances on camera because of the ensuing threats.
Excerpt from the story:
...The episode began after McCarren’s Feb. 1 report about Town Square Market, a liquor store in Northwest Washington that allegedly sold alcohol to minors as young as 14. McCarren and WUSA news photographer Dave Satchell collected footage of teens carrying out 12-packs of beer. The news crew recorded statements, using hidden microphones, from the minors about how easy it was to buy booze at the store.Read the entire story HERE. McCarren's children were harassed to the point that their mother feared for their well being and, possibly, even her own.
The report drew e-mail and Facebook denunciations of McCarren from young people apparently angered that she had exposed an easy supply of illicit alcohol.
“Way to go! Not,” wrote one self-described college student in a profanity-laced posting. “You are now probably the MOST hated woman in the D.C. area. Yay you! What was the point really of doing that story? No one finds it interesting (well that’s obvious anyways because its channel 9 news), but you also just ruined weekends for all kids underage.”
“We’re surprised by the level and depth of the reaction by parents and students, and especially the students,” [WUSA news director] D’Ambrosi said. “Some of them felt it was a privilege [to drink], even though it’s illegal. They see it as a rite of passage and that we were somehow interfering with it.....”
While reporters in foreign locales are often harassed and sometimes injured or killed, local TV journalists rarely face a sustained bullying response to their stories, said Mike Cavender, executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Association, a Washington group that represents journalists. “I couldn’t say it never happened,” he said of McCarren’s experience. “I would say it’s unusual. It’s not one I’ve encountered” in 25 years in the news business....
The entitlement mentality gone wild.
Andrea McCarren has now returned to on-camera appearances covering stories about underage drinking. Please watch the following:
The latest development, and Andrea McCarren is on camera (dated February 20, 2012):
Perhaps even more disturbing than the teenagers' sense of entitlement is the similar sense of entitlement on the part of the parents, who don't want their own lives disrupted when the police call with information that their children are in trouble:
...The teenager had been sexually assaulted. Police called the homeowners.We shouldn't be surprised that today's children have a sense of entitlement if their parents have a similar attitude. But we should be dismayed at the resulting breakdown of American society.
"We called the parents, notified them of what happened and that we need them to come and take care of their child and they said, well we can't come, we're at a New Year's Eve party," said Cpl. Augustine.
They told police they could come in a few hours, when their party was over.
"They were upset with police that we were disturbing their New Year's Eve plans for that night," he said....