(Former) PHL17 Reporter Colleen Campbell’s Tantrum Caught-on-Video

Ageism is a cyclical phenomenon. Stable employers release their older employees in favor of younger workers who are cheaper and whom they believe can be trained to be efficient. After a period of unexcused absences, shoddy work, and lackadaisical attitudes, experienced older workers become in-demand to stabilize the work environment.

At this time, millennials are slowly taking over the media landscape and we get Ben Jacobs-types, rudely interrupting the prearranged interviews of competing news outlets, editors missing typos, the obscene acceptance of amateur vertical video for national news channels, and now we have Colleen Campbell….

No wonder why everyone wants to blow your fucking heads off!
— Colleen Campbell to Philadelphia police officer

When it comes to almost any millennial it’s all about them, their assumption that everyone is dumber than them, long before ultimately taking responsibility for the misbehavior.

When I came home, I called my producer to talk about why I was absent. I didn’t realize a video was out. I found out about it later, because HR called me and said I was being terminated. They said there’s a video. I said, “What video?”

That’s not me or how I talk or act or anything at all. I don’t know what to do. I feel ruined and embarrassed for me and my family.

I feel awful. That’s not me or how I speak or how I talk or how I was raised. I had to delete all my social media, because I’m getting threats.

I wanna apologize to the officer. I don’t remember the whole altercation at all. I remember feeling attacked. I would never talk like that. It was like watching a whole different me.
Q&A: Colleen Campbell, Philly.com, 6/6/17

And it didn’t take long for Campbell to become the victim.

Colleen Campbell, 28, said she’s “ashamed and embarrassed” by the viral video showing her expletive-filled tirade outside Helium last Sunday. She lost her job at PHL 17 after they got wind of the clip — which had been viewed on Facebook more than 3 million times by Wednesday morning — but now she says she’s the one being targeted.

“From the time the video was made public, Ms. Campbell has been the recipient of thousands of lewd and threatening phone calls, texts, messages, and emails ranging from angry, profane, and defamatory insults to deeply disturbing sexual and violent threats,” read a statement to The Post from a Campbell family spokesman, attorney Wayne Pollock. “Ms. Campbell and her family are still sorting out the events of that night. Their highest priority is the health and well-being of Ms. Campbell.”
New York Post, 6/7/17

Have you noticed that those who claim to receive any number of threats NEVER produce them for public scrutiny or just plain proof that what we’re being told is not another take-my-word-for-it. A local news reporter would know all about those schemes to create public sympathy, especially for a poor helpless “girl”.

According to a police statement about the incident, shortly after the calm, cool, and collected cop who responded to the scene led her away in cuffs and the video stopped, Campbell, a recent Temple University graduate, allegedly assaulted him. Police say that she kicked him repeatedly and also kicked the doors and windows of a police car.
Philly.com, 6/6/17

And we should be cautious when it comes to her honesty and acceptance of personal responsibility….

Campbell initially claimed to have had only one drink prior to the incident, but later admitted to having a total of five — including two shots an hour before the show and some while bartending earlier in the evening.
New York Post, 6/7/17

There are many great young people out there we’d hire in a heartbeat if we could, however there are way too many (especially in the media) who are spoiled, entitled, narcissistic brats who are all too ready to throw that “Do you know who I am?” in our face. The upside is that many aren’t impressed and even more are patiently awaiting the future job openings that are sure to come.

One Response

  1. IT Nerd

    Sadly, this video will probably help propel her to a prime time gig on CNN

    Reply

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