UPDATED WITH RESPONSE FROM LA TIMES VP . . .
|Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron, Times reporter Dawn C. Chmielewski and her partner Jonathan Roberts soak in applause. |
Perhaps it does not fully descend into the unethical bog like the revenue-sharing arrangement with the Staples Center did a decade ago, but the Los Angeles Times
' recent multimedia coverage of reporter Dawn C. Chmielewski
shimmying on ABC's Dancing With the Stars
at least leaves a pair of squishy high-heeled dancing shoes in its wake.
You'll often find Chmielewski's byline in the Times
section, under a headline related to the Disney Corp., which she has
doggedly covered as a news beat at the LA daily for years. Disney, of
course, owns the ABC television network, which counts Dancing With the Stars
among its hottest programs.
Besides "Happy Feat in Strappy Heels"--Column One
online video footage of her performance, video of a rehearsal, a photo slideshow of backstage preparations and the actual performance (shot by ABC's photographer) and a post in the "Comments Blog" inviting readers to share what they thought of the spray-tanned, ink-stained wretch's performance.
The one place Chmielewski's star turn did not appear was on the Dancing With the Stars
telecast--although it was taped by the show's camera crews, host Tom Bergeron
was there to introduce the reporter and her dancing partner Jonathan Roberts
, and the expert judges each weighed in as they would on a normal episode viewed by millions. Watch for yourself below . . .