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Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:18 PM

 

TV news anchors resign on air: cite upper-management pressure to do biased news

A pair of local TV news anchors had a surprise for viewers at the end of their 6 p.m. newscast on Tuesday: They're quitting.

Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio, anchors for ABC's WVII affiliate in Bangor, Maine, announced their joint resignations, citing a dispute with management over journalistic practices...

The duo did not elaborate for viewers, but they did for the local newspaper...

"It's a culmination of ongoing occurrences that took place the last several years and basically involved upper-management practices that we both strongly disagreed with," she continued. "It's a little complicated, but we were expected to do somewhat unbalanced news, politically, in general."

The station's management dismissed Michaels' claims.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/tv-news-anchors-resign-live-air-video-182617584.html

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Reply TV news anchors resign on air: cite upper-management pressure to do biased news (Original post)
HiPointDem Nov 2012 OP
SomethingFishy Nov 2012 #1
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #4
thelordofhell Nov 2012 #2
DollarBillHines Nov 2012 #6
Arctic Dave Nov 2012 #3
RiverSong Nov 2012 #9
leveymg Nov 2012 #5
Whisp Nov 2012 #7
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #8

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:24 PM

1. "The station's management dismissed Michaels' claims"

Right, two well payed anchors are quitting their cushy jobs for no reason at all

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Response to SomethingFishy (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:31 PM

4. yes. even if they were already on their way out for other reasons, as the station

 

claims, why would they nuke their chances of other jobs by going out like this?

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:25 PM

2. video

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:34 PM

6. They were beautifully restrained

The hug at the end of the clip made me a tad teary.

What a class act.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:29 PM

3. Very brave of them.

 

Integrity still matters to some people.

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:38 PM

9. And we need more of them. nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:32 PM

5. Management pressure is a constant in media, only the resignations are exceptional.

Local stations outside major markets tend to be owned in clusters along with regional newspapers by multimillionaires, many of whom are GOP and extremely Right-wing. Most on-air broadcasters know this, and toe the line willingly and habitually self-censor.

This sort of open rebellion is extraordinary.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 05:38 PM

7. I hope this starts a wider trend...

 

those are brave people, with principles.

too bad there are thousands in the business that have much less

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Response to Whisp (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:01 PM

8. yes. getting this story some play would be a start.

 

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