WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- This was the perfect story for me to work on and I was so excited.
The night before, a comedian had punched a journalist in the face. Why? Because the journalist tweeted snarky remarks about the comedian's performance.
How many people say things to people on the computer they would NEVER utter to someone's face? In this generation, pretty often. The negativity spewed online is a poison and people don't realize the affect it has on the person reading the negativity.
I've definitely gotten my fair share of online "hate," I have yet to be confronted in person by someone who does not like me. You know why? (or at least why I think...) A simple fact we learned in grade school about bullies. Bullies are not happy with themselves. Sounds cheesy, but you don't really see happy, positive people sending people "hate." I believe when a person is happy with who they are and happy for other people's successes and blessings they don't feel the urge to spew negativity and hurt others.
How do we do a news story on this concept?
Well, that was me and reporter Debra Alfarone's situation.
We started sifting through articles and YouTube videos of celebrities responding online hate. I remembered a hilarious skit on Jimmy Kimmel's show. Celebrities read mean tweets. The most famous people would read a really mean tweet they had gotten and react to it. Some reactions were funny, mean, and some reactions were sad.
At WUSA9, we wanted to let our community know that almost everyone in the newsroom has gone through getting negative online comments. Some of us, including me, shared some of the mean messages we got and reacted to them. Journalists read mean tweets. You'd be surprised how many crazy conversations arose in the newsroom. It was comforting to know that I wasn't the only one and how often people are deal with this. We got a great response after posting the piece. It cracked a few laughs. Hopefully we were able to send across our message to show people it happens to so many others and that what others say about you will never define you.
Check out the piece if you haven't already on my YouTube channel!