Julie Tristan Tries To Kill Local Reporting For Good

    April 30, 2012
    Chris Richardson
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The local news fluff piece has long been a staple of local news programming across the land. Whether its on-the-spot coverage of a new mascot for the local fire department, or the opening of the new Shoney’s by the WalMart Supercenter, most local news stories are as fulfilling as cotton candy.

With that in mind, it would be hard to reduce the quality of local programming much further than it already is. That, however, didn’t stop Show Me St. Louis host Julie Tristan when she interviewed David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals. Tristan’s behavior was so unprofessional, she may have set back local reporting for good, especially in regards to local female personalities covering athletes. The video, which has blown up on a viral basis, was pointed out by Deadspin. Naturally, they offer scathing review of Tristan’s “watch me act like a schoolgirl and hit on Freese the entire day” interview skills:

…quite possibly the most uncomfortably awkward fluff piece ever.

The video in question. It truly is cringe-worthy, especially if you’re an aspiring female reporter who would like to be known for her ability to conduct an interview:

I can’t imagine someone like Lisa Salters or Erin Andrews is incredibly happy with Tristan’s performance, one that played up to every negative stereotype involving the Twilight mom/soccer mom generation, a cross-section of America who makes such consumer endeavors like Forever 21 possible. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to find out Tristan was somewhere in this photograph:


On her Twitter account, Tristan justifiies her actions with the requisite amount of smiley faces:

Random dudes are blasting me on twitter because of my silly @dfreese23 story! I must be super famous now! Awesome! :) Thanks Randoms! :)(image) 20 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Clearly, being trendy, popular, and/or “super famous” is the only result folks like Tristan care about. As long as you attain something equivalent to that status, it doesn’t matter how you behaved to get to that point; at least, that’s what her Twitter response indicates. I mean, who cares if her fawning, embarrassing actions were damaging to women reporters everywhere? As long as Tristan gets to bask in the feedback her piece caused, that’s all that matters.

  • MikeinMKE

    flat midwest hair. nuff said

  • Steve Johnson

    Are you serious if you watch this piece it was about six flags and designed to be a fluff piece not a hard hitting sports article. Don’t you think she could have hit on him off air if this was designed to be serious… this article was a waste of my time.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

    “this article was a waste of my time.”

    Much like the Tristan’s piece…

  • Bill Hendrix

    Hey Richardson, you obviously aren’t from the St. Louis area. This isnt a serious news show. It was a piece on an amusement park. She isn’t trying to get David Freese to open up. It is supposed to be light. Everyone in St. Louis is in love with David Freese. She is just being silly. You wanna talk about being unprofessional, how about taking the same position as every other site who bashes this girl. Trying to make a story that she is ruining reporting? Original. You have no idea what you are talking about, you’re just ranting, insulting this girl, trying to be a jackwagon. There is no substance in this article. Maybe you should focus on you’re own skills, because this article was horrible. It’s no wonder you’re not a real columnist.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

      LOL. Keep spinning it until your happy with the outcome. I applaud your Internet white knight methods. They never get old.

      • Aurilia

        No, no, and nope. Fluffy journalism is harmless, and Tristan’s crap was annoyingly harmful, setting women back about 40 years. Agree 100 percent with everything Chris Richardson wrote.

        • Mark S

          When you view this puff piece, you really can’t help wondering how people would feel about it had the genders been reversed … would people find it a light / amusing piece if some two guys were drooling over Danica Patrick?

        • Ron

          Set women back 40 years? Set back local reporting for good? In whose mind? One minute from now this whole thing will be out of my mind and will likely never return.