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Anchors Resign On Air, Citing Disrespect

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News anchors deal with a tough job. Not only do they have to report on some heinous, heartbreaking stories–which can weigh heavy on the heart after a while if one doesn’t become desensitized to it–they also have to contend with the management on what is acceptable to cover…and what is not.

Two anchors in Maine decided to tender their resignations after station management allegedly created a pattern of disrespect and made the job harder by expecting them to report biased news. But they didn’t put it in writing; instead, they resigned on-air, saying they knew they wouldn’t get a chance to say goodbye otherwise.

“There was a constant disrespecting and belittling of staff and we both felt there was a lack of knowledge from ownership and upper management in running a newsroom to the extent that I was not allowed to structure and direct them professionally,” Cindy Michaels said, adding that she and co-anchor Tony Consiglio “were expected to do somewhat unbalanced news, politically, in general.”

The station managers claim they didn’t have a hand in the news productions at all, but the New York Times did a piece a few years back regarding general manager Michael Palmer issuing the directive to not report on global warming stories until “Bar Harbor is underwater”.

Anchors Resign On Air, Citing Disrespect
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  • Bill Williams

    I applaud the two reporters,for having the courage of their convictions.
    Too many news outlets report with a biased agenda.Neutrality in reporting has gone the way of the dinosaur it seems.

  • http://yahoo debra

    I admire them for standing for their principles and not letting the job and owners of the station compromise their beliefs. I wish we had more people with their principles.

  • watchitgo

    Sounds like the way “storytelling” is going now! The truth is not the most important product. We don’t have JOURNALISM anymore. Shame on the station management for creating such an atmosphere!

    I hope Cindy and Tony find a spot to land in news arena that appreciates quality and honesty!

  • ted

    news anchors aren’t reporters.. they’re news readers. they sit there and read a script off a little prompter above or over-laid on the camera. youtube news anchors reading silly things or completely losing the ability to do their reading job if the prompter goes offline or haywire and it’s hard to feel like they’re doing anything difficult or courageous. if you can read and aren’t deformed.. anyone could be a news reading anchor

    • karynb

      Are you saying you believe integrity has nothing to do with it?

    • singledigitIQ

      It’s indisputable; you’ve just proved you’re an idiot with no conception of the actual job of an anchorperson. One would think that might have stopped you from commenting but the wonders never cease I guess.

  • Russ Garber

    Sounds like this will make for an interesting episode on HBO’S The Newsroom next season!!

  • James Madewell

    Thank you for this forum. I agree 100% with these 2 precious people. It is hard to find anyone with the guts to walk away from a good-paying job. I know there are better things ahead for these 2. There is a station….I won’t say which one….who is tearing this country apart. It is amazing how so many people will hear something on TV and relate these lies without checking for the truth and for accuracy. Just because a person says something loudly, over and over does not necessarily make it the truth. C’mon people get off the TV and search for the truth….It will make you free.

    • Steve-2304

      I’ll say it.

      Fox Noise.

      See? Easy.

      • pns

        Now who is the IDIOT. FOX (FNC) is the only station that speaks the truth and if any mistakes are made they correct the error.
        O’Reilly, last week, was totally misquoted in the New York Times concerning a segment on voters. All news stations have reported Benghzi “terrorist attact” except for FOX from the beginning. Did you follow that story “IDIOT.” FOX reported the FACTS—which have been researched and are true, while the other TV stations sat on their bums and said nothing! 4 men killed and O’Dumbo protected before the election. Now that it is over and the rest of you will finally learn the truth—-impeachment will follow.

        • pns

          Unfortunately, since I made a mistake above, I will correct my mistake–like FOX would. ALL NEWS STATIONS HAVE “NOT” REPORTED BENGHZI TERRORIST ATTACT EXCEPT FOR FOX FROM THE BEGINNING. See how other newspapers and tv stations protect democrats—one little word left out like “not” changed my report. Now it has been corrected. Go FOX.

    • harold cobway

      I would also like to find a real journalist writing editorials in the Newspapers. What we have today are ghost writers who write what their liberal management tells them to write. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANY NEGATIVE EDITORIALS written about OBAMA. Have you ever seen any honest investigation of Obama s past and history by invewstigative journalist?? NO as they cant even spell journalism or journalist today.

      • Marcie Vermillion

        You seem to have troulbe spelling investigative. More to the point, I’ve read several pieces critisizing Obama and his administraion. To even suggest that none exist is absurd. As for investigation into his past, that horse has been beaten past death, resurrected, and beaten all over again. We are aware of Obama’s whereabouts every year from birth on, through hospital records, school records and personal testimony.

  • SKULLTAKER

    Good to see 2 people with Integrity and guts to walk away from a situation they knew was patently dysfunctional.

  • F Doherty

    MSNBC is already full. Too bad for you.

    • mike Rowan

      Playing Devil’s Advocate but maybe a tad unprofessional on their part.

      • Cincinnatus

        Have you ever criticized your boss? I have and was immediately fired. (Happened twice.) Glad about that. To do what they did was not unprofessional, it was an act of great courage and a grand display of integrity. If I ran a TV newsroom, I would hire them today, mostly based on their professionalism. I would have written a long letter explaining specific examples of the untoward conduct of the owners and directors and mailed it to every news outlet in the area, then made my on-air pronouncement. If they had confronted management, they would have been fired right off and not have had the chance to make their grievances known to the public.

  • robert

    They will be replaced by more obama’s news boys. I listen to the Russian news. Even they have better stories as per Putin.

  • Lady Dee

    I applaud the reports for their integrity and standing up for true journalistic integrity. The news media has become jaded commercials for special interest groups and politicians to advance agendas based on demographics of station viewers.

    They are two classy people, who handled a difficult situation with management with grace. Please write a book about the truth in modernday newsrooms!!! Expose it fully. Good luck with in your endeavors, and thank you for being honest.

  • http://www.cheaplinkblast.weebly.com akoon

    Looks to me like they aren’t going to allow Illuminati and their NWO push them around.

  • http://topfitnesssecret.com/ Joseph Wilson

    Yeah–that what I’m talking about…

  • http://www.webdesigncapetown.co.za Mark

    Love it. That took alot of Balls to do.

  • http://yahoo LEW RICHARDS

    yes, I understand why they quit! this is just a start of the “gestapo OBAMA, era of controlled news
    Obama had a “NAZI-TYPE” corrupt and STOLEN ELECTION , on 11-6-2012 !!

    please get on the internet and check the “true” election results in all the “key states”, the swing states, you will find corruption by democrats was running rampant — stolen votes, rigged voting machines, bussing voters who were not citizens, all forms of ilegal activity by OBAMA DEMOCRATS!! THIS ELECTION NEEDS TO BE VOIDED DUE TO THE CRIMMINAL ACTS BY THE OBAMA DEMOCRATS!! THIS WAS NOT A FAIR ELECTION AND OUR “BIASED NATIONAL NEWS MEDIA KNOWS IT!!!

    • http://honuswag99@yahoo.com ron jeremy

      shut your dumb azz up , retard , you punks lost and thats it , HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • http://yahoo LEW RICHARDS

    I think and the FACTS SHOW< the 2012 presidential, was STOLEN BY OBAMA AND DEMOCRAT PARTY WORKING TOGETHER IN THE MOST CORRUPT FASHION . RIGGED VOTING MACHINES, ILLEGAL VOTERS, VOTES THAT SUPPORTED ROMNEY WERE CREDITED TO OBAMA!! MANY STATES HAD PRECINTS WERE NUMBER OF OBAMA VOTES WERE MORE THAN THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS!! THIS WAS FOUND ALL OVER THE NATION!! MANY STATES HAD MORE OBAMA VOTES THAN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED LEGAL VOTERS!!
    PLEASE DEMAND THE FACTS AND TRUTH!! DO NOT ALLOW OBAMA AND HIS DEMOCRATS TO "STEAL"THIS ELECTION! THIS IS NOT THE "AMERICAN WAY""
    DEMAND ACTION!! THIS CORRUPT ELECTION MUST BE "VOIDED" AND A NEW "HONEST" ELECTION HELD!! IT IS NOT TO LATE!! ACT NOW!!!

    • Xavieria

      Hey Lew! Sounds like the same sh*t that George W. did to steal the presidency and put the country in the worse shape it has ever seen. For all of you who are still hatin’ Obama, you’re probably the same asshats that voted for G.W. and didn’t see anything wrong with all of the sh*t that he did that should have gotten him put in prison for life.

      • Trish K

        Xavieria, You are so right. During the 2 terms GW co-opted the presidency, we heard nothing negative from the GOP. They were too busy counting their money, and, thinking of more ways to steal money from the middle class. Republicans are incredibly sore losers, they don’t play well with others. It’s about time they wake up and realize they have jobs (even though they take more days off than they work). It is nice to know that there are 3 countries who have arrest warrants in place for GW, Rumsfeld, and, Cheney – for war crimes. I wish someone would subdue them, put them on a plane, and, drop them off in Switzerland (one of the countries that wants to arrest them).

    • http://honuswag99@yahoo.com ron jeremy

      F U , this is not what this story is about

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