Scandal-scarred ex-anchor says Philly TV viewers still love him

Philadelphia Magazine
Larry Mendte says he avoided going out in Philadelphia after admitting to hacking into his co-anchor’s e-mail. “I was embarrassed and afraid of what people might say and do,” he writes. “Yet people have been wonderful. I have not been the recipient of one negative comment or even a dirty look. … The only negative comments I’ve received are from anonymous trolls on the Internet, who coincidentally have different names but the same IP address. || Single-page view. || Read The Mendte Report.

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t know the guy, don’t know much about him and really don’t care. But what amazes me is the number of hateful, spiteful responses to the article in Philadelphia Magazine. I would think it would be hard to get along in life with so much venom spewing from each pore. It really saddens me that so many of them are from the news business, my life for over 40 years, and appear to get some pleasure from “piling on.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

    I will gladly say, non-anonymously, that Larry Mendte was widely considered to be an incredible buffoon long before he ever got to Philadelphia or became embroiled in any scandals. When he was working in Chicago, my friends and I would watch the newscast for which he worked as a reporter because we knew he was a reliable source of entertainment via his inane and sensationalistic reports. (I later learned that this had become a favorite sport across the city.) There was nothing funnier on television at the time than him standing on the Michigan Avenue Bridge draped in his Official Reporter Trenchcoat to report, as if it were a looming disaster, the first snowfall of the season. In Chicago. In November. Great stuff.

    He did much worse, though, and regularly. He is, in fact, the very epitome of everything that has, for decades now, been wrong with local TV news. Sadly, I missed Mendte’s three-part (!) report called “Burning Down the House,” wherein he had a suburban fire department torch a house for him to escape from. Supposedly, this was service journalism — informing viewers how to safely exit a burning building. More here: http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/scarry-larry/Content?oid=889807

    This kind of thing is why Jim Warren, then of the Chicago Tribune, created a regular feature in his column called “Mendte Watch.” Mendte has been excusing himself and deriding his critics like this for many years, without ever really owning up to his clownishness or his lack of respect for either himself or the news business of which he has spent his entire career pretending to be a part.