Newly crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev was on Good Morning America today, rebutting the harshest elements of Jezebel’s Monday exclusive about her alleged involvement in some Hofstra University hazing.
Jezebel news editor Erin Gloria Ryan questioned, via Twitter, the soft handling of the controversy by a news show airing on the same network as the beauty pageant. She has followed with further accusations of lazy journalism:
It should also be noted that in “reporting” on this story, GMA did not reach out to me or anyone at Jezebel for comment or clarification; they just had Kazantsev on to deliver her talking points to a sympathetic anchor on the TV home of Miss America. If ABC had reached out, they would have known that since the story ran, we’ve learned more, and that things are still developing on our end. It would have been a tougher interview. But that’s clearly not what GMA wanted.
In an inaugural Miss America blog post, Kazantsev separately addressed the Jezebel claims:
I was never involved with any name-calling or use of profanity toward a girl during my time with the sorority. I was never involved in any physical hazing or any degradation of physical appearance of any kind. This [matter] has all been immensely taken out of context and manipulated purposefully because I am now in a public position.