A News 12 The Bronx anchorman dropped the f-bomb on a hot mic on live TV when he thought the station was not broadcasting. Anchor Matt Pieper bashed poor people on government assistance and?reporter Amy Yensi?threw in her embarrassing two cents.
Pieper was about to do a report on the need for school crossing guards when he said the words that will doubtless have a huge impact on his career.
?And Dave wants you to also mention that parents do their f?? jobs and walk their little kids to school on their own and not rely on everyone else. Kind of like people rely on government assistance for their entire lives. And bye Felicia. I actually added the part about government assistance but it’s true. I mean, how old are these kids?? Pieper said.
The ridiculous Amy Yensi laughed and said, ?I think I qualify for government assistance.?
?Just check that box, girl,? Pieper said.
Yensi popped off with “EBT,” an acronym for Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.
The station issued a lame apology.
?As a result of a technical error during a program break this morning, a personal conversation between an anchor and a reporter was unintentionally placed on air,? the note read. ?News 12 the Bronx deeply regrets that this incident took place. The remarks of these individuals in no way reflect the views of News 12 management or other News 12 personnel.?
Wow. I think it’s far more than a technical error. Let’s call this a fatal error. A permanent error. A personality flaw like that — and that kind of?attitude, hate, and disrespect towards poor people– can’t be fixed.
Update: Matt Pieper was fired a week after this incident. You can read about it at Mediaite, but do watch the video below. It’s epically offensive.
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