Thursday, July 13, 2006

Meuret Leaves Ricketts Campaign

Less that two weeks after replacing his campaign manager, Senate candidate Pete Ricketts is looking for a new press secretary. Former KETV reporter Trisha Meuret, who left the station last November to take the job, has left the campaign for "personal reasons."

Speaking on Z-92's Todd 'n' Tyler show, Meuret called her departure "amicable," but seemed somewhat hesitant to discuss the details and appeared to hedge when asked who she'll be voting for in the November election.

Her exact answer: "I don't know. It's a long time away." When pressed, Meuret later seemed to modify her stance, saying, "I really like Pete, and, at this point, it's gotta be Pete."

When asked about whether she'd like to fill an opening at KMTV, Meuret again hedged, suggesting that she is exploring lots of options and would look at any opportunities that might pop up.

We're still a little peeved that Meuret left KETV in the first place. In the wake of her departure last fall, the best replacement her old employer could scrape up was FUBAR Fazal, whose complete and utter incompetence stand in sharp contrast to Meuret's steady professionalism.

If KETV has any sense, it'll do whatever it can to get her back.

16 comments:

reideen1313 said...

Personally, I hope she does go to Action 3. It'll make their newscast only that much better. Right now, I think they have the most competent team in Omaha. (That includes Trav.) I can get more news in 10 minutes from 3, than I do in 30 minutes on 6 or 7 (and in a week on 42/15). It's just a matter of time til the ratings reflect that.

RogerJohnson said...

I am pretty sure Action 3rd's ratins were on the decline in the last book

juslqqking said...

I think it was a good move for her to get out when she did. Sneaky Pete is going to start playing ugly now he has hired Jess Moenning. Her reputation as a pit bull who plays fast and loose with the truth preceeds her. There is already a lot of dissension amongst the troops over what really is "Nebraska Values".

damnyankee said...

Oh I can hear it now.

- but Pete, we need to start giving the people some substance! They need details and deserve to know what your plans are for Nebraska and the country if you are elected!

- Oh, T-meur, these are Nebraskans I am going after! There is no need to confuse them with substance! As long as we are anti-gay, anti-gambling, and spend more than Ben we will win!

Trisha Meuret made a big mistake leaving the local news to work for robo-Ricketts. Hopefully some local station will get her back before she moves on to better markets - have to think it's coming. She will improve any Omaha stations news team.

AvidOmahaNewsViewer said...

KETV should just go ahead and ask Trisha to come back. They haven't replaced Tom Elser yet. God knows Liggett and Fazal don't have much longer until one or both of them screws up so badly that Rose Ann Shannon has no choice but to axe them. Besides...KETV needs to plan ahead. Brandi Peterson is too good to stay here indefinitely, unless 7 pulls "the Schraeder maneuver" again this time replacing Julie Cornell with a very capable Peterson. (Julie has been looking quite worn lately, so maybe her days are numbered.) Otherwise, Brandi is destined for more lucrative markets. And if that were to happen at the same time Fazal and Liggett got booted, Channel 7 would have the same number of reporters as KPTM. Well, maybe not THAT bad, but their news operation would suffer. If KETV doesn't get Trisha back, someone else will.

Sidebar Sam said...

None of you, including Ted, really know anything about Trisha Meuret at all. While she may have been eye candy for some of you, her tactics and her accuracy were questionable. In her desire to be the first to report something, she often ignored the rules of journalism and preceded to report "facts" that quickly turned out to not be true (such as reporting that Ty Pratt had died a week before he actually passed). She also reported on at least one occassion that an Amber Alert had been issued when no such alert had been issued. So be careful about what you wish for.

rickoxo2 said...

You know, this is a little off-topic for the specific discussion, but relevant to this blog as a whole: there was a brilliant spoof of Omaha TV news last night on Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken. I’m not kidding! They said specifically it was the Omaha news!

This show will be replayed again this week, most likely Wednesday July 19 at 11:00 PM on Cartoon Network if anyone can catch it. I almost wet myself and fondly thought of the contributors to this blog and of Ted specifically. You all would really enjoy it. I actually got more news out of the spoof than I have in weeks of watching anything local. This is only a 12 minute show, and the spot was like the last 4 mins. Enjoy!

Brian said...

rickoxo2 - I believe you're referring to this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQmLVr9LDvI

rickoxo2 said...

Thanks Brian!

This was it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQmLVr9LDvI

stressedadult said...

Trisha was an awesome reporter and I know a lot of people who looked up to her. Yea she said Sgt. Tye Pratt was dead when he really wasn't.. but that was the information she got from reliable sources. She took a risk.. one many reporters take every day. One can only hope she comes back to the tv biz.

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dragon927 said...

pelle31

You call us stupid but then you say "parity" when you mean "parody".

rickoxo2 said...

pelle31-

First of all, it is "parody" not "parity".

Second, if you were an east-coaster and you saw the Omaha news, wouldn't you think Omaha WAS a bumf**k town? Isn't that the point of the blog? We are a large metro area and have the production values of a high school musical.

Third, lighten up, man! This site is for criticism and fun. Although a lot of news folks look at this site, I doubt that anything said on here is taken to heart. Sounds to me like you need a little more Robot Chicken.

"Learn how to laugh at yourself and you will learn to live." - unknown

reideen1313 said...

Oooh - thanks for the scoop Mr Superior. Sheesh.

I don't think anyone said she was coming back - just that she'd be a welcome additon to the ranks of crappy reporters here in town.

Matt_X said...

Speaking of stupidity, don't you mean parody?

ghostofpavelka said...

Hey pelle31, it's "parody," not "parity." You must be one of Omaha's astute TV people.

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