KSDK's Elizabeth Matthews Grabs Pile of Human Poop With Her Bare Hands

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Elizabeth Matthews: KSDK's muck-smelling reporter.
KSDK (Channel 5) reporter Elizabeth Matthews put the rest of St. Louis' journalists to shame yesterday, going way beyond the call duty during a segment about an Illinois farmer who uses mountains of human shit to fertilize his crops.

"It doesn't smell very good," Matthews comments, moments after sticking her bare hands into said shit pile and lifting a glop to her nose for a sniff.

The segment is laughably cringe-worthy, and we can't stop snickering like a bunch of middle-school boys. Bravo, KSDK.

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Now, we should clarify that the double-scoop of dump Matthews so lovingly handled did go through some kind of treatment process, but that process obviously didn't do anything for the smell.

Indeed, Matthews' stunt was ludicrously unnecessary, since the entire point of the story was that surrounding farms are suffering from the waves of stench.

Whatever the reason, Matthews' brave reporting speaks for itself. Here's the video.

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After the piece aired, one commenter on KSDK.com accused Matthews of having a "sick fetish" for people poop, while on Twitter the reaction was simply one of squeamishness:

KSDK has a storied history when it comes to on-air scatological incidents: In November 2012, a cat made an oopsy on anchor Pat McGonigle's suit during a live newscast. Then a few weeks later McGonigle redeemed himself by licking a piece of dried reindeer poop.

You hear that, Matthews? You need another poop-related story if you're going to challenge KSDK's reigning dung champion. Just remember to wash your hands.

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com

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Shanna Hall
Shanna Hall

Stopped watch ksdk a long time ago!!!

lostlenore
lostlenore

No journalist needs to get that graphic to make a point.  She did it purely for shock value, and now everybody will know her name for a week or two.  Damn, girl, couldn't you have had a nip slip or something else less gross?  I do NOT want this crap (literally) on my local news.  Covering the story was fine, but this isn't Fear Factor, so there's no need to get "in it" like that.

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

Another shitty KSDK segment. And they wonder why they are rated third

Bob Shirley
Bob Shirley

Thanks for giving KSDK another reason to air this crap as news! :)

Frank Corona
Frank Corona

She is indicative of the state of journalism today.

Kevin Chau
Kevin Chau

This is dumb. Go interview a septic tank worker.

LaTonya Ann
LaTonya Ann

I guess they are trying to get those ratings back up with all that stuff going on with KSDK and it's workers

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

Let's be honest, she didn't have to do that..... We all know poop stinks.

Steve Ridling
Steve Ridling

I wonder how long it took to get the odor out of her nose and how her next meal tasted...

Terry Weatherford
Terry Weatherford

Some people have do it everyday, all day, bare hands or not.

Ron Clements
Ron Clements

Nanana boo boo, stick your hands in doodoo.

Grumpleupagus
Grumpleupagus

Hooray for Ms. Matthews! Just because we don't talk about shit and death doesn't mean they don't happen. Do you think when you flush, it all goes to Poopoo Heaven? YOUR shit stinks just like everyone and everything else's - admit it and deal with it. Ol' upset Buck must never have smelled cow poop or his own farts. At his age, he should have learned to deal with it.

DonLDay
DonLDay

@KREMjen I'll take "things I did NOT need to see on Twitter for a thousand, Alex."

mappelstein
mappelstein

Ladies and gentleman, the GG Allin of the newscasting world.

HBrumbaugh79
HBrumbaugh79

@dwsweeney ewww... I hope she washed her hands. There are some things hand sanitizer won't take care of!

lostlenore
lostlenore

Yeah, but that's because you're into scat.


Mike_Colombo
Mike_Colombo

The report passes the smell test, @WillieSTL. Who says journalists only air DIRTY laundry? Scooped for sure. Pooper scooper that is.

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