Don't speak ill of The One

Especially if employed by ABC:

WJLA-TV, a Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate, suspended reporter Doug McKelway following his alleged “partisan” comments at a liberal rally on Capitol Hill marking the three-month anniversary of the Gulf oil spill.

Apparently facts are now “partisan.”

McKelway stuck to the truth about BP’s political contributions and pending cap-and-trade legislation, newsworthy subjects given that the event’s organizers were lobbying to “pass legislation to end America’s addiction to oil and urged lawmakers to donate campaign money raised from the oil industry to the clean-up efforts in the Gulf.”

According to the Washington Post, it was McKelway’s supposedly controversial comments on July 20 that led to his suspension. Anonymous sources at the station are now accusing him of “insubordination” in an apparent attempt to fire him.

McKelway’s live report began with a factually correct statement about BP’s donations to President Obama. McKelway accurately noted that Obama received $77,051 from the BP employees, information verified by the Center for Responsive Politics.

When McKelway asked one of the event’s participants to comment on it, Ted Glick of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network acknowledged it was a problem for Obama. The rally was organized by left-wing groups Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and Public Citizen.

At the end of the live segment, McKelway talked about the prospect of cap-and-trade legislation in the Senate, a topic related to the rally, which urged lawmakers to “take immediate action to pass climate and energy legislation.”

Nevertheless, the Washington Post, quoting anonymous sources, indicated McKelway’s report crossed the line. The newspaper reported:

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 legislators.

More, including a video of the offending report, at the link.

Shortlink:

Posted by on August 12, 2010.
Filed under In The Tank For Obama.
I blog more regularly at my own place where plain thoughts are delivered roughly. My about page gives you more on who I am.

You can leave a response or trackback to this entry
Up to 90% off top rated local fun!
  • Roy

    ABC, huh? Maybe the guy can get a real reporting job at a more viable news source, like with the local high school’s newsletter.

  • oldpuppymax

    Why the big dummy. Everybody knows how leftists scream about having been ATTACKED whenever facts are presented!! Clearly he deserves to be fired, for obviously he doesn’t know his JOB!!!

  • Dane

    Misreporting about misreporting. How quaint.

    Actually

    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 legislators.

    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.”

    I got that from a link on your main page. You should read it.

  • Hank

    More from the link that Dane used….

    “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.”

  • Wayne

    But there is no liberal bias or peer pressure to confirm to that liberal bias. (Sarcasm off)

    How many times similar statements about Republicans went unpunished? Of course then it was a statement of fact but against a Democrat is a partisan attack.

    It reminds me of a time when two anchors were talking about people thinking that the MSM is bias. One ask the other “do you think we are bias” and the other reply “no”. The first reply something like “there you have it. Proof that we are not bias”. All said with a serious face and mannerism.

  • GarandFan

    Hey Dane! More kool aid?

  • Upset Old Guy

    I see Dane, the miscreant puppy has been here and pee’d on the rug, again. Just as I was thinking I better clip a leash on the lad’s collar and take him outside I see Hank, Wayne and GarandFan went “old school” and rubbed his nose in it.

    Ok, sometimes that works too. Let’s see what happens.

  • TexBob

    LOL, Upset Old Guy.

    Sometimes rubbing the dogs nose in it just won’t work. Then you have to bring out the dog crate and let them sit in their own excrement to see if they learn anything.

  • irongrampa

    “Just shut up”, they explained.

  • 914

    The ‘One’ is a cheap bum!

  • Tsar Nicholas II

    What’s particularly ironic about this item is that liberal idiots in journalism programs won’t even be able to figure out the irony.

  • Oyster

    He obviously didn’t sign up with JournoList to get his instructions.

    The fact of the matter is, Dane, he was called in to the station manager’s office in the first place to answer for what he said – not what he was about to say in his own defense. The station manager apparently wasn’t happy that some actual facts slipped out in a story.

    Try to keep up.

  • Dane

    You can lead a republican to information but you can’t make them think!

    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 legislators.

    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.”

    He wasn’t fired because of what he said. He was fired because he told off his boss.

    News Directors talk to their reporters all the time. It’s only when the reporter turned into a horse’s ass and told off his boss that he got fired.

    Not to worry, I’m sure he’ll find a job on Fox News, where he can be a horse’s ass and get better pay.

  • Sky Captain

    I love seeing the reactions liberals like Dane when they get corrected.
    The ineffective lashing out with personal attacks is so cute.

    Read what you just linked:
    “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 legislators. “

    And we all know that pesky things like accurate facts should NEVER be in news reports.
    Now WHY do you suppose the meeting between the reporter and the news director occurred?
    Could it have been about the report?
    Why, goodness it was:
    “The episode led to a meeting between McKelway and Bill Lord, WJLA’s station manager and news director…”

    The reporter WAS fired for what he said.
    To the news director.
    Who took him to task for using accurate facts in his report.

    Do try to keep up, Dane.

  • Wayne

    If McKelway would have agreed to not state facts that hurt Dems and push the liberal agenda, he wouldn’t have been insubordinate. What was he supposed to say “Damn journalistic integrity and objectivity and promote the Dems at all cost”?

    Maybe just maybe he overacted in the meeting afterwards. I doubt it. Regardless that meeting should never have taken place.

  • John S

    “…I’m sure he’ll find a job on Fox News, where he can be a horse’s ass and get better pay…”

    And there will actually be viewers.