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In Defense of KSDK's Julie Tristan and Her David Freese Interview

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Freese! You're on cringe cam.
So, this summer Six Flags is operating its "Mr. Freeze" roller coaster in reverse. To generate publicity for the ride, the theme park invited media out last week to give it a spin. To make the junket seem less self-serving, Six Flags also invited some kids from Big Brothers, Big Sisters to try out the roller coaster.

If all that doesn't sound "newsworthy" on its own, Six Flags took the extra step of getting Cardinals' World Series MVP David Freese to come out and ride the roller coaster as well. Because wouldn't it be fun to have Mr. Freese ride Mr. Freeze? Backwards?!

And that's how Julie Tristan of KSDK's "Show Me St. Louis" ended up interviewing fawning over David Freese. If you haven't heard about it yet, Tristan's segment went viral over the weekend, earning her scores of hate from the media over the way she jokingly hit on the Cardinals' heartthrob throughout her three-minute piece.

"The most uncomfortably awkward fluff piece ever," wrote Deadspin.

Larry Brown Sports opined: "A word of advice for Tristan after that pathetic display: Express your crushes on your personal time, not when you're supposed to be a professional on camera. That was disgusting."

"Tristan whiffed big time on this one," wrote Yahoo! Sports, adding that the KSDK reporter "added a lot of fuel to the damaging stereotype of a female journalist who's only on the job to meet good-looking men."

But here's the deal for all those "real" journalists out there who are outraged -- OUTRAGED -- by Tristan's shtick. 

Tristan works for Show Me St. Louis! Show Me fucking St. Louis. This isn't a news show. It's a midday puff program for bored housewives, most all of whom probably agree with Tristan that Freese is dreamy and could care less about baseball or Six Flag's roller coaster ride. (And, yes, some men watch Show Me St. Louis, too. They think Freese is even hotter than Tristan does.)

So, please. Stop all the self-righteous moralizing on the ethics of journalism. There was absolutely nothing newsworthy about Ms. Tristan's assignment to cover Six Flag's new ride -- even if it involved a baseball star and some disenfranchised kids. So she handled it with a bit of humor, something you could use more of.

Oh, and those who say they feel sorry for David Freese -- that he deserves better. Does he really seem that put out in the following clip?


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41 comments
danny6114
danny6114

So they set it up to be silly and to hit on him beforehand? I notice most of those raising the hue and cry against Tristan are male commentators, hmm.

Egolterman
Egolterman

Yes this is a light, mindless show. Its counterpart on 4 is even more 'empty'. The guyon 2 is the best at this stuff, but he's leaving. So, can she now show a 'tad' of sophistication or maturity in an upcoming piece? Show her range? 

guest
guest

If an man did this, he would certainly get fired. 

Funksoul65
Funksoul65

These INANE comments now make me officially, ALMOST completely embarassed to be a St. Louisan... Do you folks read what you write? Do you say them out loud before posting? OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  But yet we're the 14th most fashionable city, so I guess it's all o.k. in the end... NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KITTY
KITTY

The fucking slut did everything but flash her tits and grab David by the cock. How disgusting. She must really be hard up. KSDK should fire her.

Ginny
Ginny

Bored housewives don't watch TV anymore, they play Farmville.

Brian Brooks
Brian Brooks

I would make major bets that Chad has never been a housewife?  Bored, sitting at home gushing over men on tv?

How about for your next story, you trade places with a woman that stays home with her kids and takes care of the house, you might find it quite the opposite of boring and slow.

Very poor, and insulting, attempt at defending a horribly done interview.

Law Dog
Law Dog

It's very interesting this dialog came to be about housewives and their contributions to our society or lack thereof. What this is really about is not professional journalism or who is likely to watch a midday local broadcast but how so many people have missed the very real fact that if a man had done this there would be hell to pay. Whether the interviewee was male or female, a male on air personality behaving so boorishly would be pilloried. We have too many double standards in our culture. Freese is not responding to her overtures and after the first one she should have stopped. Just imagine Elliott Davis professing his love for Maria Sharapova at the end of an interview. Imagine anyone calling Ms. Tristan a former traffic "girl." Let's drop the double standards and hold everyone to the same level of professionalism and responsibility.

Slick
Slick

Like this hideous fat broad would have a prayer at getting with David Freese. LOL!!Not only is she a flabby fat body, she's all gums. What a fucked up grill =)

Paul
Paul

biggest non-story ever.

2 things a woman needs to be to get a good man -- CHEERFUL AND SKINNY.  

Mark Ramsey
Mark Ramsey

I'm not sure that coming out and talking about how she's just on a "puff" progam and how she is not a real jouralist is not exactly "coming to her defense."

Debbie Davis
Debbie Davis

sorry she should get reprimanded.  I MEAN THIS STORY was "hey dave lets get a room."  HORRIBLE!  U R A JOKE

Debbie Davis
Debbie Davis

what an idiot!!!  she's a reporter?  JOKE!!!  PURE LOSER!!!!

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

Okay, it's silly, over-the-top and not to be taken seriously.  That said, it is poorly done, silly over-the-top, and unserious.  Tristan's job is to do puff pieces like this, but do them WELL, for Pete's sake.  

Tongue-in-cheek flirting with celebrity guests has been going on for years.  Heck, half of Howard Stern's bit is "I'm a tall, dorky, awkward guy talking to hot women." Or Rosie and her Tom Cruise fascination.  This piece, on the other hand is just inane, and deserves our criticism for it.  

Lshumacher
Lshumacher

That woman is a complete fool....fits very well with KSDK.

Larry
Larry

give me a break people... if she were a sports reporter i can see how this would look like harassment... but she's a fluff piece reporter. it's her job to make the interview entertaining enouugh for people to watch. i'm not saying it was very entertaining but it certainly didn't smack of sexual harassment to me.

wang
wang

"I am a damn good journalist, and this assignment is Grade A...bologna." 

Nelsonb1212
Nelsonb1212

 To hell w/criticism of Tristan or Journalists - I'm detecting a major dig at housewives here.   Really, you think we sit home bored and have the mentality for "puff" tv?.  When I take my lunch break I watch the news or Rachel Maddow (taped) from the night before.  We are intelligent, ambitious, hard-working individuals and I am sick of being stereotyped as someone with mush for a brain simply because I made the decision to be home to care for my family.

Kbasic2008-05
Kbasic2008-05

Sounds like she was just having some fun to me.

MediaWhore
MediaWhore

At least someone's getting some respect. If you're Joe Average these twats will treat you like a Cuntsaurus either that or they're grilling you as you're laying on the pavement with your lifeforce spilling out.

Russ Weiss
Russ Weiss

Why do they always assume a pro athlete wants a "girl" friend?

MediaWhore
MediaWhore

So she wants to ride his cock like a Daily Doubles Jockey. Why do you think they call them Media Whores?

Guest
Guest

Everyone is missing the big story here; Allison. Is she single? Hubba hubba. 

Your Momma
Your Momma

Sure thing Brian. 

Are you saying there weren't housewives @ home enjoying the piece? 

MIzou
MIzou

 It was what it was...no big deal. What I want to know is did Six Flags pay for that piece like all the other segments do on that informercial? She set the scene right away.

Mike
Mike

agreed.  Julie needs to drop at least 10 pounds if she even wants a shot with him...

Riley
Riley

Are you a reporter? Do you know the pressures of being a tv personality? To call someone you don't even know a "loser" is pathetic. People project how they feel about THEMSELVES onto others.... So, get a life.

Your Momma
Your Momma

Hey Debbie. Have another cheeseburger.

Slick
Slick

Pointless speech.Now get back in the kitchen woman.

Your Momma
Your Momma

FYI, it says "It's a midday puff program for bored housewives" - Not "It's a midday puff program for housewives, who are all bored."

Thus... if you're not bored, then the show wasn't produced for you. Comprende?

ActualShowVanist
ActualShowVanist

Wait a minute, when did we start letting women use the internet???

BlowFish
BlowFish

He does take showers with other men.

Nelsonb1212
Nelsonb1212

 I don't think he was trying to stereotype, it's just a thoughtless thing that people say or write quite often. This isn't the first time I've had to correct authors on this thoughtless discriminatory phrase.  You never hear someone say "bored engineers" or bored "firefighters".  Do you comprende?

Nochubbs
Nochubbs

No it's not, because she made the choice to become a fatass by eating like shit and not exercising.

Fat people deserve to be ridiculed, because they are weak and they're lack of self-control.

Slickrickyy
Slickrickyy

yet it's not rude to comment that she needs to lose 20 pounds? lol!

Nochubbs
Nochubbs

Nah it's rude to say shit about the gums.  That is beyond her control, she can't do anything about it.  

Slick
Slick

More like 30 and do something with those gums. My god!

Your Momma
Your Momma

That's because engineers and firefighters implies they are working in their respective fields and usually aren't prone to watching fluff day time TV while doing so, even if they are bored. 

However, factually.. a great number those housewives that find themselves bored apparently do. As would the bored House Husbands, but I would imagine most of those wouldn't be watching this type of TV since the obvious demograph is females. 

Let me ask you something... does Oprah's show offend you? Does the Lifetime channel offend you? Which demographs do you think they pander to? Is it not okay to try to make programs that females who are at home may enjoy when monotony strikes?

What is so fucking offensive about that?

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