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TV Station Fires Reporter Over His Report That Obama Accepted BP Campaign Funds

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"Stop right there!!  No balanced opinions allowed beyond this point!!

Never to let a little left-leaning bias to get in the way, and always looking to prevent the creep from the "balanced" viewpoint, comes word that one radio [errr, I mean - Television] station has stepped up to the plate.

WJLA-TV 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.

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."

[ABC7's news director and general manager, Bill 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.

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.



#1 James Young 18-Sep-2010

Actually, WJLA is a television station.

#2 captainfish 18-Sep-2010


thanks mate - corrected title and entry inside post

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