If the charges against Mark W. Kandel prove true, including sending a 17-year old boy a picture of him in his underwear, he is one sick man.
Now we all know that this alleged pervert is married to WNEP-TV anchor Marisa Burke.
I don’t know Marisa Burke, but I sure feel sorry for her. And I’m guessing that many in her viewing area also didn’t know that Kandel, who is accused of heinous crimes similar to those which brought down Jerry Sandusky, was her husband.
But some in the media, including The Citizens’ Voice, felt we needed to know that. Next to Kandel’s picture in the CV’s account was a caption, “Husband of WNEP anchor Marisa Burke. Low blow, CV.
The Times Leader article made no mention of Marisa Burke. Maybe the TL didn’t know. But I’m guessing that it intentionally left out that tantalizing tidbit because it wasn’t relevant and decided it was wrong to humiliate a high-profile news anchor when surely she if suffering enough.
Kandel, a former Scranton area school director, admitted he does “engage in sexual communications with teenage boys,” the CV reported, and that he “acknowledged that he becomes overwhelmed with sexual feelings” when texting teenage boys.
The Citizens’ Voice said in its article Thursday that it doesn’t identify the victims of sexual abuse. Doesn’t Marisa Burke deserve equal anonymity? She wasn’t involved in any of this, yet she’s been cast in this humiliating spotlight because of something her husband may have done.
Of course, the public deserves to know that Mark Kandel was a former school director and former curriculum specialist with the Northeast Education Intermediate Unit 19. But do we have the right to know that he’s married to a well-known news anchor? I say no.
Put yourself in her shoes. If a member of your family was charged with a despicable act, would you want to be identified in a newspaper article or television broadcast? No one would.
What if you were a teacher or an executive, whose wife was just charged with prostitution, and your name appeared in that news account? Imagine walking into your classroom or your business the next day, your co-workers trying to act normally when you walked by?
Now imagine Marisa Burke going on the air to report the news now that she has unfairly been thrust into this horrific news story.
Was it interesting information? Yes, it was. Did we need to know about it at her expense? No, we didn’t.
- Betty Roccograndi