Feder: Is Fox reporter going too far on social media?

Under pressure from their bosses to boost social media traffic, reporters at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 may be going too far. Exhibit A is Anita Padilla, a 20-year veteran of Chicago television news. Since Thursday, Padilla has drawn more than 25,000 views to Facebook Live videos she's been posting about Semaj Crosby, the 16-month-old girl who was found dead in a Joliet Township home. Acknowledging that much of her information was "unofficial" and "unconfirmed," and included "things I can't say on the air," Padilla has been riffing in the videos on who's to blame and how she feels about the crime. For entire column, see

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