I will always suspend you
Viewers of KOKH-TV Channel 25 last week might have noticed a vaguely empty feeling in the pit of their stomachs. Turns out, there’s an explanation.
News anchor Andrew Speno was cooling his telegenic heels for the week, handed a weeklong suspension after making a wisecrack about Whitney Houston on the March 8 newscast.
a story in which the deceased pop singer left her entire estate to her
daughter, Speno quipped that the bounty even included Houston’s crack
on air, but that didn’t avoid a suspension. Since that time, Speno fans
have rallied to his defense, even creating a “Save our Speno” page on
glad the whole sordid episode is over. If there’s one facet of
journalism that is no place for frivolity of any kind, it’s TV news.