MN Podcaster Goes Viral for Calling Out False Kobe Bryant Reports
A Minnesota podcaster has turned a viral tweet into good after calling out news networks for their hasty and false reports surrounding Kobe Bryant's death.
As news reports and rumors surrounding the helicopter crash that took the life of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others Sunday afternoon began circulating, details from network to network seemed to differ. After the dust had settled and details had been confirmed, Andrew Doughty -- a Minnesota sports podcaster -- took to Twitter to publicly scold networks for their hasty reports and called for people to be fired.
The tweet, which called out ABC, FOX and TMZ specifically, quickly went viral with people sharing and commenting.
A day after news of the helicopter crash broke, LA law enforcement scolded TMZ for being the first to report the names of those on board before first of kin had been notified.
Doughty, for his part, used the virality of his tweet for good, following up with a link to donate to Children's Burial Assistance which helps families with burial costs.
At time of writing, an apology has not been made by the ABC, FOX or TMZ.