Can any of us truly be surprised when a local TV news anchor tries to squeeze some drama out of a non-story that most of us wouldn’t so much as blink at? Especially when said non-story concerns a joke about local TV news anchors’ tendency to do just that? You wouldn’t think so, but then again you aren’t Martin Pierro, who was arrested over a single unfortunate tweet.
Preceding the legal ruckus was a foreboding tease from John Discepolo, who reads words into a camera for WPEC, a CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach, Fla.
cbs 12 wants to keep you and your money safe! So what does *moving have to do with it? The new scam we uncovered... next at 5.— John Discepolo (@JohnDiscepolo) October 23, 2013
To which Pierro, a South Floridian publisher of comics, replied in kind:
But Discepolo wasn’t amused, and a terse exchange followed.
A little more than a month later, Discepolo brought charges against Pierro for “intimidation through a written threat to kill or injure,” according to Mediaite. Pierro was arrested, kept in jail overnight on Dec. 6, and “released the next day on $5,000 bail.” That didn’t go over well.
— Juan Navarro (@FWACATA) December 6, 2013
A “We Support Martin Pierro” Facebook page appeared, through which observers kept tabs on the case and offered whatever support they could. The organizers compiled some of Discepolo’s morbid professional tweets and claimed that, by his own logic, he was tweeting threats every day himself.
Thankfully, Pierro came forward just before Christmas to announce that the charges had been dropped. “I was nothing short of ecstatic,” he told WND. The holiday would not be a particularly happy one for the thin-skinned Discepolo, however, who remains a laughingstock with a limited grasp of the English language.
Actually, sir, “mute” is a button viewers push whenever you show up on their widescreen.