Journalist Fired For Talking About Obama/BP Ties
You see, the facts apparently have a right-wing bias.
Veteran TV newsman Doug McKelway may have said too much —
not to viewers but to his boss. As a result, the WJLA-TV journalist has
been ordered off the air and suspended indefinitely, according to
sources at the station.
McKelway’s troubles began last month when he covered a Capitol Hill
rally during WJLA’s noon newscast. The rally by religious and
environmental groups was to protest BP’s response to the gulf oil spill
and to advocate for legislation favoring renewable energy sources.
According to several of McKelway’s colleagues, the newsman’s
reporting may have lapsed into partisan territory when he commented live
on the air about the oil industry’s influence in Washington,
particularly its contributions to Democratic politicians and
The episode led to a meeting between McKelway and Bill Lord, WJLA’s
station manager and news director, that featured sharp exchanges between
them, said several newsroom sources who spoke on condition of anonymity
because they are not authorized to speak about a personnel issue.
“The issue wasn’t what he said in the live shot. It was what he said
when he was questioned about it by Bill,” said one of McKelway’s
colleagues. “The issue is insubordination.”
Here’s the news report in question:
hat tip to The Instapundit
Seems appropriate to me. Of course, telling your boss off whatever the circumstance isn’t a good way to keep your job,
but it’s hard to see why this report would have caused Mr. McKelway to
be questioned in any way. Because Obama having taken more BP money than
any politician in history is, well, absolutely true.
ps. i seem to have copied a lot more than intended. i was only going after that last paragraph. please click through the link above to get the article from the source.