Tuesday, September 21, 2010

WJLA-TV fires veteran DC anchor Doug McKelway, After Citing BP Ties to Obama

 WJLA-TV's Doug McKelway
WJLA-TV's Doug McKelway
(Michael Williamson - Washington Post)

Cites "Insubordination and Misconduct" Rather Than BP Contributions to Obama

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.

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."

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."

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 has alleged liberal favoritism in news reporting before; when he left his anchor chair at WRC after nine years to join WJLA in mid-2001, he blasted the station's lack of "balance," in a newspaper article.

McKelway declined to comment on his status at WJLA; Lord also declined to comment.
McKelway said that he is currently working on a book about his family's history in journalism in Washington. McKelway's grandfather, Benjamin, was the longtime editor of the Washington Star; his great-uncle St. Clair was a writer and editor for the New Yorker for 30 years; and his late uncle John was a columnist with the Star and the Washington Times.

WJLA is owned by Allbritton Communications of Arlington, which also owns TBD TV (formerly NewsChannel 8), Politico and TBD.com.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/16/AR2010091606645.html?wpisrc=nl_pmheadline


Network News Loses 739,000 Viewers in Controlled Demolition Free Fall Speed Due to You Reading This Site Instead for Real News

The ratings are in the for just-completed 2009-2010 network evening news season. And when compared to 2008-2009 season, "NBC Nightly News" ABC's "World News" and the "CBS Evening News" have lost a combined 739,000 Total Viewers and a combined 338,000 A25-54 viewers.

"Nightly News with Brian Williams," which finishes at #1 for the 14th season in a row, lost the least: -138K Total Viewers (8.698M in 08-09 v. 8.560M in 09-10), while Katie Couric's CBS program, lost the most: -343K (6.053M in 08-09 v 5.710M in 09-10). "World News" which saw Charles Gibson anchor the first few months of the season, andDiane Sawyer picking up in December, lost the most younger viewers: -221K (2.351M in 08-09 v. 2.130 in 09-10).

The 2008-2009 season included coverage of the 2008 presidential election and inauguration.

Source: http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/evening_news_ratings/evening_news_ratings_20092010_season__174003.asp

ProgramTotal ViewersA25-54 Viewers

1 comment:

  1. Where was Doug McKelway when America blamed Osama bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks? Where was McKelway when the United States lied its way into Iraq in 2003? Where was McKelway when he and other's in his profession (left and right) continued to lie about the fraudulent collapse of the USSR in 1991 and say nothing about the 'former' communists who continue to control the government ('former' KGB officer Putin!) and the major businesses in Russia?

    Imagine 'former' Nazis in early 1945 saying they were now in control of Germany, and that therefore the Allies should cease hostilities with the new German state. What do you think the Allies would have done? Believe them or fall to the ground laughing?


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