Main Media Stage: Story Behind Updyke’s ‘Attack’

On February 18, Harvey Updyke was released from a Lee County jail after being charged with poisoning Auburn’s University’s venerable Toomer’s oak trees.


Only one TV news outlet was tipped off to Updyke’s quiet release from custody that day, CBS 8 in Montgomery.  It was that station, which is based outside the Auburn over-the-air viewing market, that procured the footage of Updyke making an obscene gesture as he left an Auburn-area jail.

Yesterday, CBS 8 was also the first media outlet tipped off to an alleged attack on Updyke at an Auburn-area gas station. Read more…