WSMV's I-Team spent two months investigating the spending of Davidson County Election Commission members in Tennessee. After finding a number of curiously expensive receipts for meals and office decorations, reporter Alanna Autler confronted Chairman Ron Buchanan. In the local news report, Autler states that Buchanan had agreed to make a statement on camera. When the time came, however, he was less than amiable. Skip to :45 to watch Buchanan trash Autler.
"That's exactly the kind of bitch I thought you would be," Buchanan said after Autler tried to ask him about a $600 picture frame.
Buchanan resigned a few days after this generally embarrassing interview took place. In his resignation letter, Buchanan said that "90% of the adult men would have used the same term to describe the reporter's conduct if they have been present, or a similar word would have been used by women to describe the conduct if it had been a male reporter."
He also spoke with local paper The Tennessean and showed little remorse.
“I said it. I meant it. I still mean it,” he said. “I should not have used that terminology, but as the media has the freedom of press, individuals have the freedom of speech. And I can tell her what I think about her." Autler—and everybody else—definitely got Buchanan's message.