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Gawker brings Eureka “poop and pee” circus to a national audience

UPDATE: The smell of this whole thing is really getting out of hand.  Now hear this:

Who Pooped And Peed on the Bank: The Song


Original post: It was brought to our attention last night that KIEM reporter Betsy Lambert removed the raw footage of her quest to find out who “poop[ed] and pee[d] on the bank” from her YouTube page, thereby forcing the Humboldt Herald to update links on our original post on the story.

But the footage is not gone from the internet, not by a long shot.  The website Gawker has picked it up and questions if this was an actual news reporter seeking out an actual story.

What can we say except, “Welcome to Eureka!”

Gawker: Reporter’s Quest to Find out ‘Who Pooped on the Bank?’ Ends on Awkward Note

(h/t LoCO: BREAKING: KIEM Poop and Pee Footage Enters the National Discourse!)

  1. Mitch
    November 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Just wait til Gawker sees The Thin Poo Line

    Maybe it will get EPD and Humboldt law enforcement some more national attention. It’s been a while since they tortured the last round of protesters.

  2. Mitch
    November 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Link failure:

  3. Decline To State
    November 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Nice to get national attention for something other than growing awesome weed.

  4. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

    c’mon, at least the country understands it was good shit.

  5. Anonymist
    November 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

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    Betsy Lambert

    News Director/ Anchor at KIEM-NBC News
    Demographic info

    Redding, California Area | Broadcast Media

    Current:News Director/ Anchor at KIEM-NBC News

    Past:Investigative Reporter at KBAK/KBFX, Producer at ABC 4, Salt Lake City Education:California State University-Northridge

    Summary:I believe in keeping true journalism in T.V. news and mentoring those who are younger to do the same. I have been a lot of places and seen a lot …

  6. Plain Jane
    November 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

    It looks like Ms. Lambert’s stunt is backfiring on her. How long has she been a faux reporter? I don’t watch TV and had never seen her before this video.

  7. Plain Jane
    November 9, 2011 at 10:43 am

    NEWS DIRECTOR???????

  8. Anonymist
    November 9, 2011 at 10:51 am



  9. tra
    November 9, 2011 at 10:52 am

    So KIEM’s Amateur Hour goes national, and their intrepid reporter, Ms. Poopinpee, gets some of the attention she so clearly craves.

    Enjoy your 15 minutes in the spotlight. Too bad you have to share that spotlight with the chanting of “poop and pee,” but that was your choice, wasn’t it?

  10. Mitch
    November 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Leaving the poop and pee for just a moment, an Anonymous asked me some time ago how I’d managed to become so cynical about our respected corporate leaders. I cited Bhopal, Enron, the Exxon Valdez, the PGE San Bruno explosion, the BP blowout preventers, etc…, etc…

    Then there’s this:


    This isn’t even the Catholic Church. It sounds like the entire leadership of a respectable school.

    Does that help, Anonymous? The people we’ve allowed to remain in charge for far too long are, not always, but in too many cases, the kind who go along to get along, as long as it helps them float to the top. It’s beyond disgusting.

  11. Em Suomynona
    November 9, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I thought Lambert’s on-air wardrobe was the most egregious thing about her, until I saw her in her true journalistic glory. Watch out, Lisa Ling!!

  12. haha
    November 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

    haha, it’s funny because it’s true, tra. Among the sleaziest of the sleaze are reporters trying to make their big break with crap like that (pun intended).

  13. November 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

    So, Mich: “The people we’ve allowed to remain in charge for far too long are, not always, but in too many cases, the kind who go along to get along, as long as it helps them float to the top. It’s beyond disgusting.”

    What’s the solution?

  14. Plain Jane
    November 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

    “Throw them out with the trash: Why homeless is becoming an Occupy Wall Street Issue”


  15. Anonymist
    November 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Fox Farm could come out with a whole new line. Capitalize baby! Put Betsy’s pic on the bags, like they do with Wheaties boxes.

    Fox farm: yu can call it Happy Poopies. This is all free advice.

  16. well...
    November 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Not speaking for mitch, Joe blow, the solution has to come from the people in charge. Addressing the symptoms of their corruption (protests and vandalism) doesn’t fix the problem. People are and have been protesting 24/7/365 all over the country. Those people deserve more credit.

  17. Mitch
    November 9, 2011 at 11:17 am


    I wish I knew. But at a minimum, I think it is important to remove respect from the so-called respectable, and instead offer respect to the people who are trying to make things better, like the OWS folks.

    The head of PG&E should get no deference at all; the guy in charge of the Penn State campus police should be in jail as accomplice to child rape, along with at least some of the coaching staff; the heads of the major banks should be boo’d whenever they show their faces, and anyone on a Board of Directors that is paying a small non-profit credit union CEO a million bucks should be shunned unless that credit union is offering its members a better deal than they can get anywhere else. The list goes on and on.

    At some point, I think there are an awful lot of corporate executives and similar “leader” types who ought to be prosecuted. But to get to that point requires a change in the entire system. And I don’t see how we get from here to there. I wish I did.

    But when huge changes happen, it’s almost always a surprise. So I’d just like to be surprised with a massive non-violent change to our country.

  18. November 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Sorry about the “t” Mitch. Well… “The solution has to come from the people in charge.” Isn’t that what’s been going on in this country for the past 200+ years? Replacing one corrupt politician with another? The choices for President offered today show how deep that corruption runs – some choice.

    “Protesters deserve more credit.” They’ll start getting that credit when they learn to stop cooperating.

  19. Mitch
    November 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

    But here’s a start. If you watch Channel 3 and you think the reporter was beyond the pale, every time you see an advertisement, call the advertiser and explain that you will try to buy their competitor’s products rather than their’s, because you don’t like the TV station putting propaganda ahead of news.

    And, if you haven’t already, get your money to any credit union except Coast Central. I think Provident CU is the best deal, and any resident of Humboldt can move their banking there.

    And think twice before you buy ANYTHING from a business you think is corrupt. Sure, it’s hard, but small steps make the larger ones easier.

    And if you pass by the courthouse and agree with the aims of OWS, get the hell out of your car for a minute and shake the hands of a protester to thank them for forcing these issues into the national conversation.

  20. Brother Mike Sinamalo
    November 9, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Blue Lake casino is KIEM’s biggest sponsor. There are other casinos around.

  21. November 9, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Mitch, there’s too much inherent hatred and anger to get by without violence. The Occupy Movement stands against the corrupt and their enforcement of corruption. We’ve had four years to see what Barack Obama stands for and what he will logically do in another four years. Anyone else that could replace him will ultimately do exactly Obama is set to do. When that reality sinks in to most Americans, you’ll see the change.

    By the way, consider what you write, how you think, and you will see what is happening – the real non-violent change that is taking place.

  22. Mitch
    November 9, 2011 at 11:35 am


    As far as I know, various Bush administration officials don’t travel to Europe for fear of the potential that they will be arrested for war crimes.

    That should be the way every bankster feels, every day, until they start disgorging the stuff they’ve stolen.

    We may not be able to get the system to prosecute them, but we don’t have to pretend they are worthy of deference.

    If a city manager is corrupt, then citizens should boo when they see her. If a business is hurting a community, then its CEOs home should be picketed.

    If a national reporter told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, we should boo them when we encounter them, not pay to listen to their speeches.

    If an executive was told about a risk and did nothing about it except try to hide it, don’t show them respect. Boo them if you get the chance.

    If a crook is a crook-in-a-suit, we should stop treating them with respect just because they’re in a suit. If they’re a crook, treat them that way.

    In short, stop trying to make things nicey nice with the people who are robbing you, just because they have piles and piles of money.

  23. Mitch
    November 9, 2011 at 11:41 am


    Ignoring the moral issue of violence, at a completely pragmatic level, the moment OWS uses violence, it will be discredited, there will be an enormous police and possibly military crackdown, and things will decline at an even faster rate than they have in the past.

    And, on the moral level, you don’t make a society better by committing violence against your opponents. It just makes societies worse.

    I’m not someone who thinks there is never a call for violence — if I’d been on a cattle car to a concentration camp, like some of my distant relatives, I’d like to think I’d claw the eyes out of the guards. And I approve fully of President Obama killing terrorist leaders.

    But that’s not the situation here.

  24. jr
    November 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Some books that may help in fostering change:
    “The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide” by Tom Devine and Tarek Maassarani, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, “The Business of America” by Saul Landau, Routledge Group, and “The Capitalism Papers, Six Fatal Flaws of on Obsolete System” by Jerry Mander, Sierra Club Books.

  25. yeah, but...
    November 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    You’re blaming the victims, Joe Blow, and don’t forget you’re a victim. Do you have a solution other than to repeatedly say something along the lines of “people are protesting wrong” and “people who are protesting wrong are the problem”? Why don’t you repeatedly address the corruption, or repeatedly offer a vocal reminder that people who “protest wrong” shouldn’t distract outstanding citizens like yourself from addressing and following through on a discussion of the real problem?

    You’re poo-pooing real people in your own neighborhood who are sticking to the message of the bigger picture and playing by all the rules.

  26. What Now
    November 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Lambert is pitiful in marketuing herself as a professional.
    She’ll most likjely soon be pulling holiday shifts at UPS or Hickory Famrs.

  27. Jethro Bodeen
    November 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    What about that colonic irrigation thing? Don’t the folks doo that a lot in Arcata? How about that guy in the photo with Miss Betsy? Looks like he needs to get hooked up and turn it on full blast, ya know? I think all them protesting types down there need to get an oil change in their backside, know whut I mean? That’ll straighten’em out and change their attitude. God knows whut kind of bugs an’ critters them folks been eatin’ and all…

  28. Twiggy
    November 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    That woman is hideous.

  29. Matt
    November 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    From Gawker: “Is she the worst reporter ever, or what?”

    Nuff said –

  30. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Some wise man once told me, if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all. So Mitch, PJ, and the rest of you pissants should STFU!

    That’s as nice as I can be with people like you. Get a life!

  31. Plain Jane
    November 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Andrew Goff’s tribute “Ode to Betsy Lambert” is hilarious!

  32. November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    The bottom of the local “news reporter” barrel has now been officially scraped. I feel for the cameraman who has to follow that idiot around.

  33. tra
    November 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    “Is she the worst reporter, or what?”

    Sadly, no.

  34. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    That woman is adorable! I think she has a great career ahead. Very funny and energetic.

  35. November 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    My Vote for World’s Worst Reporter would be Judith Miller of the New York Times. she”s a straight up war criminal, traitor and accessory to hundreds of thousands of murders Who went to jail rather break her oath of Omerta to the treasonous Karl Rove. Betsy Lambert is certainly not in, nor wil she ever be close to, that league of bad reportage..

  36. Plain Jane
    November 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Mothers are always biased 4:38.

  37. November 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Maybe it was meant satirically?

  38. jr
    November 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    In the 50s the question was “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party.” Today the question is “Did you poop and pee on the bank.”

  39. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Glad to see the unedited version. Very funny.

  40. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Meanwhile, over on Rose Welsh’s tea party blog, they are debating exactly what constitutes sexual harassment. One commentor believes touching and feeling up women is just a normal part of the courting process, even on first dates. Rose appears to agree.

  41. Plain Jane
    November 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Oh! That explains the large majority of Republican women who don’t think Cain harassed any of those women. I thought it might be due to conservative housewives being in denial about what their husbands do at work.

  42. Plain Jane
    November 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Did Rose’s dating stock just go up?

  43. mresquan
    November 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Perhaps the bank won’t release its security tapes because the tape shows the “reporter” as the one who pooped and peed on the bank,and they don’t want to further embarrass her.

  44. Big Box Man
    November 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Betsy Lambert you are needed immediately in Miami:


    Who pooped on the police car?

  45. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    You are right, 5:06. I am a mother, but not hers. I find her enjoyable.

  46. Plain Jane
    November 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I can’t believe that reporter didn’t ask a single cop if they pooped on the police car! Betsy would have gone to Occupy Miami to demand answers because it’s likely OM is trying to incite cop on cop poopfare between FHP and MPD.

  47. Big Box Man
    November 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    You gotta admit Betsy has a nose for the news.

  48. November 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

    “Blaming the victim,” and “Looking at the bigger picture and playing by all the rules.” If that is a direct contradiction of reality, I don’t know what is. What makes ‘victims” are “playing by the rules.” Rules used to suppress and oppress people like you, who then turn around and claim to be FREE!

    The Eureka Occupy Movement stands against, or so I understand, corrupt government, bought and paid for elected representatives who betray the people and the criminals the looted this country. So, tell me why any of them would want to talk to or even listen to the Eureka City Council or the Board of Directors? Such inability to recognize their reality makes the movement conflicted and weak. The basic problem with so-called “non-violent protest.” Stopping cooperation does not mean engaging in violence. Protesting the way you are told by Mickey Mouse laws is a joke. It’s a bigger joke when you get beat, gassed and arrested for your troubles.

  49. good grief
    November 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Because, joe blow, as our representatives, the Eureka City Council isn’t making any waves up the food chain. Instead they’re protecting their own jobs while shuffling business as usual paperwork about blog headlines over the balloon track. An easy waste of time to get paid for, and a successful distraction from what the real movers and shakers of this county are doing, like rezoning, logging and making the freeways bigger in all directions. Do you not understand what it means to “occupy”? That’s what they’re doing. There’s no doing it wrong, dipshit. Are you pleasantly occupied in the meantime?

  50. November 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Next Eureka City Council meeting I’m going to go and agitate in favor of public restrooms. I don’t want to step over big plies of human feces. Eliminating homelessness seems impossible at this juncture. One thing that unites the one percent and the other ninety-nine is that we all have to go .

  51. Anonymous
    November 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    There are public restrooms in Eureka or there were some off the gazebo. I tried to use one and waited for several minutes until a group of losers came out they had been having sex and shooting up in there. I chose not to use the restrooms and drove home instead. So much for shopping in my town and using a public restroom. Maybe doing as some European cities do-have an attendant present at all times. They are tipped by those that use the facilities and keep things tidy. They would make sure the facilities are not abused.

  52. dwayne montane
    November 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    The City of Aracta is currently struggling with the issue of a public restroom. I see both sides of the issue. A public restroom is beneficial for our tourists, visitors, and homeless. Most of us are worries that the city will spend 10’s of thousands on a restroom only to have it vandalized. I’m afraid the city will build the restroom, only to shut it down months later after it gets destroyed or vandalized. Personally i wouldn’t blame them. Perhaps they could have pay toilets? I’m sure the transient contingent will still complain.

    On another note, what’s up with Lost Coast Outpost censoring comments against KIEM coverage of the Occupy Eureka debacle? i know Hank needs to cultivate business relationships after being wrongly canned from NCJ, but he is quickly losing credibility!

  53. Plain Jane
    November 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I guess people just aren’t as upset about pee and poop on the streets as they claim to be since they prefer it to providing public restrooms. They could put in porta-potties and the PP company would maintain them.

  54. dwayne montane
    November 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Arcata city staff have already had issues with shit smeared all over the walls of the D St. Community Center bathroom, not to mention that the city bus bathroom was permanently closed after being totally destroyed. On a recent trip to Santa Cruz i visited their public restroom to find syringes disposed of in the urinals. After several issues like that the toilets will be closed. Most tourists or visitors can use the retail bathrooms that are provided in several locations on the plaza, not to mention the restrooms at city hall. Perhaps porta-potties are the best answer, but they sure are ugly.

  55. Plain Jane
    November 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Are they uglier than a pile of poop in a business doorway? You decide.

  56. November 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    You tuck portapotties down back allies, abandodoned railways, the corner of a vacant lot. They are relatively inexpensive and fairly indestructible. Real tourist towns like Reno have a couple of dozen of them scattered hidden around the core casino district. The poor are happier. The tourists are happier. The business owners are happier.

    have a peaceful day,

  57. Anonymous
    November 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    The frequency of poverty stricken people needing somewhere to defecate is rising and they will be in the urban areas for survival. The porta potty may be the logical solution at least in the short term. The alternative will be a bit rough on the banks.

  58. Apologist Not
    November 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    The divestment from public services has been going on for so long, few notice.

    If we had police walking a beat again, our neighborhoods, businesses and public restrooms would remain neat, clean and safe.

    But then, the right-wingers would have less to complain about!

  59. BB Stanks
    November 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Problem with public restrooms, especially when not in a public facility, is that some people use them for purposes other than poop and pee. Until that sticky problem can be solved, the movement for public restrooms will come and go. I’m in favor of public restrooms, but I’d like to use them myself and be able to take my grandkids to use them as well.

  60. November 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Yes well it would certainly be a better expenditure of public funds than a lot of the stuff they are doing in Eureka right now . They always have plenty of money to sport their pals on the Chamber of Commerce with free rent . They’d much rather waste the money contracting some “consultant” parasite who will tell them it’s unfeasible to have clean assessable public bathrooms and then bill the taxpayers five times as much as it would cost to hire some honest working person to clean and patrol the toilets..

  61. Anonymous
    November 10, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Look at the Eureka Chamber of Commerce web site. Piss poor. No wonder the only homeless and welfare recipients come here. Why should we pay them, when most city’s don’t pay their Chambers. Look at Nevada City’s Chamber web site. What a difference. Our downtown and Old town are being shortchanged for sure.

  62. Anonymous
    November 10, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    City of Eureka and Chamber of Commerce=poop and pee.

  63. November 11, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Well it seems lie the Eureka City Council is much more eager to spend money for spurious reasons like giving handouts to the Chamber of Commerce .or protecting themselves from lawsuits. that they are completely failing at this most basic function of government.

  64. November 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

    The idea for the pooping and the subsequent efforts to needle the reporter came from fake occupiers. They are false flag creeps undermining two of our best democratic institutions: local media and occupy.

    For more visit: https://twitter.com/#!/OccupyArcata

  65. anonymous
    November 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

    “they are completely failing at this most basic function of government”.

    what, pooping and peeing

  66. Ben
    November 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

    All of this obsession with poop and pee clearly indicates that this “movement” has no direction.

  67. anonymous
    November 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

    “They’d much rather waste the money contracting some “consultant” parasite who will tell them it’s unfeasible to have clean assessable public bathrooms and then bill the taxpayers five times as much as it would cost to hire some honest working person to clean and patrol the toilets”

    this is what they do Rob, hire highly paid old boy parasites to make claims, then funnel more tax dollars to more old boy contractors to build things “poorly”, embarrassingly poorly. Keep the Monopoly banker in a position to keep the grease flowing without regard whatsoever for “the honest working person”.

    It is disgusting,very deeply rooted and so common that those in the midst dont even recognize that the corruption is theft. They actually believe “this is the way it works”.

    I do not believe it is unbreakable, I believe that as residents and citizens of eureka if we fought for transparency and never let up maybe the citizens that elect these schlocks would realize, that the cost of doing business in this manner is truly the quality of life of the common working man. i.e you wont get a proper toilet til mckinney or the like gets a quarter mil to build it!

    robash, youre awesome

  68. Anonymous
    November 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

    A few people here have tried to change things in the city but most locals won’t say a word because they are afraid to speak out. They are afraid to offend their old high school chums or they have a business and don’t want to be boycotted. Anonymous 8:52 you are right they seem to think they are actually doing something when they hand out thousands of $ consultants and this place still remains a cesspool. I think they are to provincial to actually look outside of this city to see how other city’s become successful. They are on a merry-go-round of ignorance and incompetence.

  69. Anonymous
    November 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

    The Eureka Chamber of Commerce should be excreted. Why should they collect $150,000 a year from our city. They don’t don’t do shit.

  70. anonymous
    November 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

    “you are right they seem to think they are actually doing something when they hand out thousands of $ consultants”

    they are, they are handing out thousands to consultants, old boy buddies…the intent is never to “do the right thing” it is to keep the money in the hands of those who they believe should “own” and “run” the community.

    this is the same clan who justifies shipping full loads of logs out to sell the fuel for the tankers rather than extracting the value to keep the $ from the resource in the community and keep the “honest working man” employed.

    Then they have the sick nerve to blame it on environmentalists or leftist regulations to keep it political and keep the community split, truth is it ‘s a small handful of folks and they handily continue the “control” of the economy by keeping the voters at odds with each other.

  71. I agree
    November 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

    very well said, 9:47.

  72. November 11, 2011 at 11:04 am

    again, oooooo look where the occupy thread brings us back too, the issues right here at home…ooooo I like it!
    I had the luck to get to visit a few other cities during the OWS movement and each are different, the sentiments and occupants reflect the different issues of dissatisfaction within the community. It is really interesting and if it brings us back to focusing on our community core values it may be the action that finally begins the “change”.

  73. Bobby
    November 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    This reporter should be fired. This is very unprofessional. No legitimate journalist would ever conduct an interview in this manner. Maybe she should take some journalism classes at HSU.

  74. Anonymous
    November 11, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Bobby- just think about the humor in all this. I have to give her a big thank you for all the laughs.

  75. November 12, 2011 at 8:41 am

    As far as Betsy Lambert goes, If she’s so gosh darned upset about “poop and pee ” in the streets of Eureka, then maybe she’d like to join with other citizens who are upset about the same thing.. She could use her broadcast platform to agitate in favor of public restrooms rather than harassing protesters.

  76. November 12, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Betsy Lambert could also walk into U.S. Bank and ask them if they are the ones who pooped and peed on the people.

    It was reported by someone. Go investigate it, KIEM.

    have a peaceful day,

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