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TV Anchor Fired For Reporting On Obama

From uncomprehending (that anyone would say such things about Mr. Obama) Washington Post:

WJLA-TV fires veteran anchor Doug McKelway, cites insubordination, misconduct

By Paul Farhi
Friday, September 17, 2010; C04

WJLA-TV [the ABC affiliate in Washington, DC] has fired veteran anchorman Doug McKelway for a verbal confrontation this summer with the station’s news director that came after McKelway broadcast a sharply worded live report about congressional Democrats and President Obama.

And by “sharply worded” the Washington Post means an entirely honest and accurate report.

McKelway was placed on indefinite suspension in late July after his run-in with ABC7’s news director and general manager, Bill Lord. In a letter to McKelway this week, the station said it was terminating his contract immediately, citing insubordination and misconduct.

Amid the ongoing BP oil spill in July, McKelway covered a Capitol Hill demonstration by environmental groups protesting the influence of oil-industry contributions to members of Congress.

In his piece, McKelway said the sparsely attended event attracted protesters "largely representing far-left environmental groups." He went on to say the protest "may be a risky strategy because the one man who has more campaign contributions from BP than anybody else in history is now sitting in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama, who accepted $77,051 in campaign contributions from BP."

Notice that Mr. McKelway’s statement was undeniably true.

After a brief taped segment updating efforts to cap the BP well, McKelway added that the Senate was unlikely to pass "cap-and-trade" legislation this year, because "the Democrats are looking at the potential for huge losses in Congress come the midterm elections. And the last thing they want to do is propose a huge escalation in your electric bill, your utility bill, before then."

Note too, that this statement is also entirely factual.

Lord took exception to McKelway’s reporting and asked to meet with him, according to several station sources who were granted anonymity to discuss the sensitive personnel matter. A shouting match between the two men ensued, leading to McKelway’s suspension, sources said

What media bias?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “TV Anchor Fired For Reporting On Obama”

  1. proreason says:

    He’s a hero for sticking up for the truth.

    I foresee a good position at Fox News for Mr. McKelway

  2. jobeth says:

    “In his piece, McKelway said the sparsely attended event attracted protesters “largely representing far-left environmental groups.”

    When will he ever learn? The piece should have read;

    “In his piece, McKelway said the HUGELY attended event attracted protesters “largely representing caring environmental groups”

    There…its fixed for him.

    Let this be a lesson to him!

  3. ThreeBus says:

    [yelling at the top of my lungs] DAMN HIM!!!!!! DAMN HIM TO HELL!!!!!!!!!!!

    (/sarcasm off)

  4. Mae says:

    Truth…power…insubordination. Sounds like a good motto to me.

  5. Mithrandir says:

    “When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”
    — Thomas Jefferson

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Wanna send the GM an e-mail?

    Go here: http://www.abc7dc.com/contactus/?CFID=6678192&CFTOKEN=77026117

    I did. Made my points plain. I’ll bet he needs to hear more from people like us.

  7. Chase says:

    Thanks, Rusty. They have my thoughts, name and email on file now.

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