Local news is rarely jaw-dropping by design. But when it’s off the script, it’s generally equal parts awesome for the viewers and mortifying for the network. Such was the case for KTVA last night, when 10pm Nightcast viewers unwittingly tuned into an impromptu on air “F-Bomb”-laden “I quit” from reporter Charlo Greene.
With an image of the strain of marijuana called “White Widow” serving as the backdrop, Greene said (totally live):
“Now everything you heard is why I — the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club — will be dedicating all of my energy for fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska. And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but… fuck it, I quit.”
Absent a full mic drop, Greene simply shrugged and walked off camera without another word. The camera shot back to stunned anchorwoman, Alexis Fernandez, who was quick to offer an apology before shooting to commercial.
Laurel Andrews noted on ADN’s coverage:
Started in April, the Alaska Cannabis Club connects medical marijuana cardholders with other cardholders who are growing cannabis. Growers are offered “donations” as reimbursement for the costs of growing marijuana, the club said in an interview with Alaska Dispatch News in August. The club said it hopes to increase access to medical marijuana patients, despite operating in a legal gray area within Alaska’s murky medical marijuana laws.
Greene’s affiliation the Cannabis Club was unknown to KTVA, by Greene’s own admission. Obvious ethical dilemma, even more obvious responsibility for the network to immediately show her the door, epic way of knowing how to maximize the impact on the part of Greene.
The spectacle immediately began popping up on Youtube accounts, including the popular 907 Gamers group.
Within minutes, Greene’s author page on KTVA was wiped clean. A little before midnight, KTVA tweeted an apology:
“Viewers, we sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.”
But not before Twitter marveled in the delight of that which is not supposed to occur: