Edna Gundersen of USA Today took part in an online chat with readers on Tuesday and one poster alleged that an “entertainment” reporter at the cable news network they worked for was offered cash if they promised to hype up the new Mariah Carey album ‘The Emancipation of Mimi’. Skeptics would suggest that Carey’s legion of haters took advantage of the anonymous nature of the USA Today chats to smear the diva.
Nevertheless, Gundersen responded, “Ex-squeeze me? Yes, you absolutely should be sick about it. And disgusted and outraged. Maybe I’m Pollyanna, but I hope this doesn’t happen often. I’m surprised to hear it happens at a ‘major cable news network’, where I would assume serious ethics policies would be in place. Perhaps you’d care to take this matter up with your managers? Ick, gag me (and please, email me with further details, if you’re so inclined). As for Mariah’s habit of enlisting rappers, it’s all about desperate efforts to broaden her reach. I’m sure we’ll see the usual parade of name-brand guest stars and slutty get-ups, whatever it takes to get the cameras pointed her way.”
Read the entire chat here.