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Take this job and shove it: Fed-up Bangor TV anchors quit on air
Bangor Daily News ^ | 11-20-12 | Andrew Neff

Posted on 11/21/2012 7:46:01 AM PST by bigbob

Citing a longstanding battle with upper management over journalistic practices at their Bangor TV stations, news co-anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio announced their resignations at the end of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast.

Michaels and Consiglio, who have a combined 12½ years’ service at WVII (Channel 7) and sister station WFVX (Channel 22), shocked staff members and viewers with their joint resignations Tuesday evening.

“I just wanted to know that I was doing the best job I could and was being honest and ethical as a journalist, and I thought there were times when I wasn’t able to do that,” said Consiglio, a northeastern Connecticut native who broke in with WVII as a sports reporter in April 2006.

Not everyone was shocked by the on-air resignations.

“No, that was unfortunate, but not unexpected,” said Mike Palmer, WVII/WFVX vice president and general manager. “We’ll hire experienced people to fill these positions sooner rather than later.”

Neither reporter had told anyone of their decisions before Tuesday’s newscast.

(Excerpt) Read more at bangordailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: anchors; bangor; shoveit; wvii
This is a pretty classy opus, and another "random act of journalism" in it's own way. As the article explains later:


“It’s a little complicated, but we were expected to do somewhat unbalanced news, politically, in general.”

Neither Michaels nor Consiglio would say what specific political leaning they were expected to adopt.

Consiglio, who also was executive producer, said the balanced journalistic approach they use for all their stories was sometimes frowned upon.


In my opinion, journalists who adhere to the principles of fairness and unbiased reporting deserve respect and support, regardless of whatever their own personal political views might be. Bravo to these two.

1 posted on 11/21/2012 7:46:06 AM PST by bigbob
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To: bigbob
Its pretty obvious what bias they were expected to take.

I'd have an iota of respect for the US news media in general if this were to happen more often.

2 posted on 11/21/2012 7:57:03 AM PST by skeeter
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To: bigbob

Good for them. I hope they remain honest - although it will be VERY hard to find another journalism job that tolerates integrity.


3 posted on 11/21/2012 7:57:17 AM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: bigbob

Perhaps they were being asked to knock off the left-wing bias? There’s nothing in the article that makes it clear.

These are *journalists* - I’m not going to assume that they have integrity just because they say they do.


4 posted on 11/21/2012 8:05:42 AM PST by agere_contra ("Government creates nothing" - Romney, 2012)
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To: skeeter
Its pretty obvious what bias they were expected to take.

I'm not so sure. Most TV stations have a liberal bias. I'd assume one in Maine would be lib by default. Maybe the new management was trying to make them more "fair and balanced", and the anchors took this as a hard move to the right?

5 posted on 11/21/2012 8:06:15 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: bigbob
"Neither Michaels nor Consiglio would say what specific political leaning they were expected to adopt. "

Not if they expect to ever get another job.

Then again, they would actually be DOING their job if they reported it- which they should have done ON-AIR as they were leaving

6 posted on 11/21/2012 8:07:42 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: Sans-Culotte

Maybe, but IMO if that were true then, being liberals, they wouldn’t be able to keep themselves from saying so.


7 posted on 11/21/2012 8:08:15 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Sans-Culotte

I think it depends on the viewers. I live in a pretty conservative area of SC and our news is pretty conservative. They often show stories of local churches with people praising God and even talking about Jesus. You just wouldn’t see that in places like So. Fla. where I am from.


8 posted on 11/21/2012 8:08:56 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: bigbob

"I'm as mad as Hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

9 posted on 11/21/2012 8:10:55 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: bigbob

Most “journalists” consider the truth to have a conservative bias, so I’ll withold my opinion on these two.


10 posted on 11/21/2012 8:13:01 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: agere_contra

FWIW, WVII is an ABC affiliate, WFVX is Fox.


11 posted on 11/21/2012 8:13:03 AM PST by FRForever (http://www.constitutionparty.com)
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To: bigbob

Oh, if they did anything before, it should be easy enough to figure out.


12 posted on 11/21/2012 8:13:47 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: bigbob

The last thng a news agency wants is an honest Journalist.

They would rather have the Chris Mathews, Rachel Maddow type.

You know freaks who get a tingle when they speak of the Muslim in the WH.


13 posted on 11/21/2012 8:16:24 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Sans-Culotte
I believe that the new management is made up of left wing control freaks. Per a Daily Mail article the girl once was mistaken for Sarah Palin and was 'honored' by it.


14 posted on 11/21/2012 8:16:58 AM PST by chopperman
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To: bigbob

The news media is not news, it is Communist propaganda.


15 posted on 11/21/2012 8:17:51 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: SampleMan

Liberal. Known for.

The outlet is a Fox affiliate.


16 posted on 11/21/2012 8:18:57 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: ilovesarah2012

#8

Hey, Aiken County resident saying Hello!


17 posted on 11/21/2012 8:22:54 AM PST by servo1969
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To: chopperman
I believe that the new management is made up of left wing control freaks.

The main thing I got out of the article was that the station had become a micro-managed hell. The "bias" angle is probably only a small part of the story. I work in a similar situation. It's not a news company, but a company that has been around for about 70 years. The owner is getting up in age and is in the process of turning the place over to his son, who would fit in well with this TV station. He's an arrogant idiot who runs the company like Caligula.

18 posted on 11/21/2012 8:28:18 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: agere_contra

#4

You’re right!

My first instinct was that they were being urged by management to pull for Dems but we are talking about news anchors after all. It’s just as likely they were the ones shilling hard for progressive crap and were being asked to tone it down a little.

I can really see it happening either way.


19 posted on 11/21/2012 8:29:34 AM PST by servo1969
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To: bigbob
we were expected to do somewhat unbalanced news, politically, in general.

Quit beating around the bush and lay it all on the table. Now is their chance. Strike while the iron is hot.

20 posted on 11/21/2012 8:31:25 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: servo1969

Greenville County here.


21 posted on 11/21/2012 8:37:58 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: bigbob

If they resigned as a matter of principle, then they could not have been liberals.


22 posted on 11/21/2012 8:41:40 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: bigbob

TV News outlets are structured and have a bureaucracy behind them . The person who slants the news is your news director who directs the readers (anchors= actors really)or even may write the news or review their article and suggest a slant to it, as they’re presenting a story, for them to deliver. Now a reporter has a more independent role but is still not as independent as a commentator

Without knowing who the power behind the thrown is. It’s hard to tell sometimes where they’re (the reader) is comming from. You have to pay attention to the credits as they scroll past quickly on the screen.


23 posted on 11/21/2012 8:41:53 AM PST by mosesdapoet ("A voice crying in the wilderness make streight for the way of the Lord")
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To: CodeToad
"The news media is not news, it is Communist propaganda."

I sometimes have this vision of a scene like a movie trailer showing chaos in the streets and people running wild, looting and pillaging. It is the aftermath of our financial and civil foundation crumbling. The mob is heading to media outlets to seek out "journalists" who have aided the collapse.

24 posted on 11/21/2012 8:41:57 AM PST by Baynative
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To: bigbob
In my opinion, journalists who adhere to the principles of fairness and unbiased reporting deserve respect and support, regardless of whatever their own personal political views might be. Bravo to these two.

Just to be clear, almost *all* the newsreaders clame to be "unbiased." Dan Rather, for example, always claimed he was.

25 posted on 11/21/2012 8:43:45 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: ilovesarah2012; servo1969

Spartanburg County checking in!!:-)

I’m also a SoFla transplant. Had to get away from the liberal cesspool and raise my kids the RIGHT way!


26 posted on 11/21/2012 8:46:54 AM PST by RMDupree (I'm not really here.)
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To: RMDupree

Me, too. Grew up in Hialeah, then moved to Hollywood. Happy living in Greer now.


27 posted on 11/21/2012 8:59:01 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


28 posted on 11/21/2012 9:02:46 AM PST by windcliff
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To: Hardraade

Liberal. Known for.

The outlet is a Fox affiliate.


Our Fox Affiliate here in Fla might as well be CNN....

More pro O coverage than anything else.


29 posted on 11/21/2012 9:04:08 AM PST by patriotspride
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