The reason it was a story in the first place is because the tale involves a pretty (and successful) blonde.
That simple. Oh, and a catfight: Pretty successful blonde yells at another woman who may not be as pretty and clearly isn't as successful. What a horrible B - I - T- double toothpicks.
But no one bothered to check the other side of the story. TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, Buzzfeed, all the rest, they just ran the pretty girl going ballistic, but they missed the REAL story.
ICYMI, ESPN reporter Britt McHenry had her car towed last week, and when she schlepped miles away to the impound lot to pick it up, she teed off on the hapless hump behind the counter. The whole thing was caught on videotape by someone at the towing company. McHenry was suspended for a week and apologized, saying her actions "insulting and regrettable."
But that's only half the saga. It wasn't until days later that even one newspaper checked out the towing company, trying to get to the bottom of how McHenry's vehicle got towed while she was parked in a legal spot enjoying dinner with friends.
The New York Post got the rest:
McHenry, a DC-based reporter, was apparently towed by a company called Advanced Towing, a private contractor hired by various entities around the Arlington, Va., area to make sure people don’t illegally park. Towing cars that are where they aren’t supposed to be is a necessary thing, an act of urban hygiene.
Still, let’s look at the Better Business Bureau rating for this outfit: It’s an F. Out of 40 complaints lodged against the company in the last three years, Advanced Towing has simply ignored 37.
Over to the Yelp reviews. Interesting.
Yelper Mary El P. said in January she paid with a credit card, was told it didn’t work, then presented another credit card. When the statement came, she claims she was billed twice. She says she called up an employee, who was rude and insulting and informed her that disputing a charge on a credit card was a felony.
Yelper Eric T. alleges that a tow trucker apparently spying on him zipped around the corner while he was letting his dog out to pee — and that when he protested, the Advanced Towing driver yelled out, “Don’t park here you f - - king f - - - - t,” using an anti-gay slur.
In early April, a man who ducked into an Arlington CVS for medicine for his sick child says he came back to find his car being jacked up by an Advanced Towing truck — with his two kids inside.
But here’s what’s worse than any of that.
Several reviewers have complained that Advanced Towing brings in legally parked cars — and then, when you complain, simply insults you and holds the car hostage.
Said Yelper KJ B., 'Towing serves a purpose, but this company just steals cars! The first time I was towed was from my very own parking spot at my apartment complex. They claimed they didn’t see my parking sticker (despite its obvious placement on the back where it is on EVERY CAR.)'
So, there's that. And a sign that Advanced Towing might just be that bunch of unscrupulous hooligans described above? An employee there VIDEOTAPED an angry McHenry (while cutting out all audio from the employee, which then portrays McHenry as a vicious monster just attacking, attacking), and -- when they found out she was on TV and they could hurt her -- released the tape to the media to do just that. When ESPN suspended her -- a reporter who works her butt off and climbed to the top by sheer will and tenacity (did we mention she's from New Jersey?) -- Advanced Towing no doubt had a kegger to celebrate the takedown.
ESPN wussed out. This is a station that let Keith Olbermann say whatever he wanted -- bash George W. Bush during his baseball rundown, for God's sake -- but they can't stand for a female reporter losing her cool when she feels her car was unjustly towed?
Worst of all, the whole incident just goes to show you how lazy the Washington press corps is. The story happened just across the Potomac River in Arlington, Va., but no reporter bothered to check out the other side of the story. Pretty, successful girl goes on tirade, they all wrote.
And this is the gang that's going to cover the presidential election?!