The “longest running” local TV anchor team in Bangor, Maine shocked staff and management by quitting their jobs together at the end of their broadcast.
Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio have been anchors at ABC affiliate WVII and Fox affiliate WFVX in Bangor for six years, but claimed that the owners and managers had been increasingly intervening in their newscasts over the last four, reports the Bangor 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,” said Michaels. “It’s a little complicated, but we were expected to do somewhat unbalanced news, politically, in general.”
It requires integrity to do this. This station is FOX. Now, if only someone at NBC affiliates would get some too.
The story goes on to discuss the station manager Mike Palmer and decisions, such as this one:
Palmer sparked a political tiff in 2006, when he was the stations’ general manager, for telling his staff that they would no longer report stories on global warming. When “Bar Harbor is underwater, then we can do global warming stories,” he wrote in an email obtained by The New York Times. “Until then, no more.”
He explained that he placed global warming stores in the same category as “the killer African bee scare” from the 1970s and “the Y2K scare when everyone’s computer is going to self-destruct.
Now, as you all know, I am not exactly a Global Warming zealot. I mean, I have an attic full of incandescents in anticipation of that offensive, profit-driven, dangerous CFL law. I’ve probably said similar things to what Palmer said, but then I am not the “News,” through which I can mislead millions of people with one-sided facts and opinions. I’m just some little blogger with an opinion who is really sick and tired of blind, slanted bullshit and having to hunt for the truth, because I can’t get the same story twice from the news outlets.
Personally, I think this kind of management is what is wrong with our news media in general, whether it’s FOX or MSNBC. It’s all biased news all the time, and how many times have we all complained that the media is ignoring something very important or an entire critical issue? How about the treatment of the BP oil spill as if it all went away like a hangnail?
This story isn’t just about Global Warming or whatever they are calling it today. It’s much bigger than that. It’s about Control Of The Message. The media have completely lost their objectivity and willingness to present straight unbiased stories — and allow the public to make up their OWN minds. Instead, our major left and right media outlets have become viewer manipulating machines, both actively and subliminally running over critical ‘unsuitable’ details with a bulldozer. I know some of you have mentioned at times that owners and management set the slant for these cable TV News Travesties, newspapers, radio, etc etc. We can thank “deregulation,” after which a couple of ornery people bought up all types of media, thus controlling the information flow, And maybe this story confirms just that. This, to me, should be an indictable offense, in fact, it becomes the razor-fine line that separates our media from Pravda. For example, I got this story off of AOL’s news page, to whom Huffblow made a perfect marriage. They are so left they are hanging onto the edge of the cliff by their fingernails. This story involves a FOX station and two anchors who might hold their view of Global Warming. If it had been two local NBC anchors complaining that they push Global Warming All The Time without the other side of the story, I would bet that AOL would have skewered those two anchors instead of the management of their station. This is what has been going on with our media day in and day out.
Watch Cindy and Tony quit below. And wouldn’t you pay to see the looks on the faces of the people not on camera? I take this personally, which should be no surprise to you. You have seen several times that Principle is more important to me than consequences. So, you should not be surprised that, even though I probably don’t agree with them politically, these are two people I would want to know in real life, people who are willing to lose something for a principle. People whose integrity is worth more than anything. I sometimes think this type of person is the only person worth knowing, it’s just that there aren’t enough of them, are there? Integrity. It’s free, but not at a cost! So don’t hold your breath waiting for Brian Williams or Brit Hume doing this anytime soon. Or Chris Matthews. Or Sean Hannity. Or……oh…..hell, just fill in a name.
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