This press release just came my way from the watchdog group Media Matters. I don't need to attach an opinion to this; it speaks for itself. Just wanted to spead the word, so more people were aware of CBS and Fox's shameful behavior. Life is not always easy for female sports journalists, and this didn't help, to say the least.
On July 21, Fox & Friends repeatedly aired numerous video stills from a videotape surreptitiously taken of ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews nude in a hotel room. Fox News' stills, which were prominently displayed on-screen, repeatedly showed Andrews' face while covering some of her body parts with lacy red tape. In addition, during CBS' The Early Show, science and technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg played several seconds of the Andrews videotape with parts of her body blurred.
ESPN's general counsel has reportedly written to at least one website stating that the "posting of these pictures are highly likely to render you an accessory after the fact to a criminal act," while a lawyer for Andrews has "request[ed] respect of Erin's privacy at this time."
Reporter Kate Snow reported on the Andrews story for ABC's Good Morning America during the 7 a.m. ET hour, but did not show stills or video from the videotape. ABC and ESPN are both owned by The Walt Disney Co.
While Media Matters for America regularly provides video for segments, Media Matters will not provide video or provide the still shots Fox News aired. The following are screen captures from the Fox & Friends segment and CBS segment with black boxes replacing footage and stills from the video.