News Anchor Under Fire for Glib Tweet Comparing Shooting Coverage to 'Breaking Bad'
A Philadelphia TV news anchor is being criticized for trying to get her Twitter followers to watch the station's coverage of a deadly shooting by comparing it to Breaking Bad.
On Sunday night, WTXF-TV news anchor Joyce Evans tweeted: "Thought 'Breaking Bad' was hot last Sunday? See who's breaking bad in SW Philly, leavin' 6 people SHOT -- Tonite at Ten!"
Viewers immediately criticized Evans, with one person writing that it sounded "like it was written by a sociopath."
Evans is a longtime anchor at the Fox affiliate. She later defended herself, responding that she was trying to compare the "very real life drama" of the shooting to the fictional show about a chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine dealer.
She wrote: "Last tweet NOT AST ALL A JOKE. Very real life drama was the point as oppose to one that end on tv. That was my point."
Sunday evening's shooting killed one person and wounded five. It remains under investigation.
AMC's Breaking Bad ended its five-season run last Sunday, drawing 10.3 million viewers and notching ratings records.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Thought "Breaking Bad" was hot last Sunday? @FOX29philly See who's breakin' bad in SW Philly leavin' 6 people SHOT - Tonite at Ten!— Joyce Evans (@JoyceEvansFox29) October 7, 2013
Last tweet NOT AST ALL A JOKE. Very real life drama was the point as oppose to one that end on tv. That was my point— Joyce Evans (@JoyceEvansFox29) October 7, 2013