Conners was supposed to appear on (Dana) Loesch's radio show, but cancelled as his station decided they didn't want him to. He made a statement tonight claiming he may have crossed the line between his personal views and being a journalist. So what happened. Did word come down to the station and they told him "Ju vill wretract ze statement ju vrote on ze Facebook, or ve haf vays of zhutting ju up."?Dana Loesch heard from an anonymous source who said the station forced Conners to retract his statement on air.
I can reveal that a well-placed source divulged, on the condition of anonymity, that Conners was
“… handed the statement that he is being forced to give at the end of the 5:00 and 6:00 news today on KMOV-TV 4.”
Journalists are allowed opinions. It’s amazing that the profession scorns opinions in private life but encourages the predominance of opinions in regular reporting so long as they skew to the left. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that individual Facebook pages aren’t the same as the 6 o’clock news and shame on any network that tries to conflate this in an effort to sweep controversy under the rug.
The questions that remain are: did the IRS attention to Conners increase after his interview with Obama? His post gives the impression that it did, but seeing as his hands were slapped backchannel by corporate at KMOV, we may never know. After confirming an interview on my show today, Conners after told my producer, Kevin Conrey, that “corporate” nixed the interview, effectively muzzling him. KMOV’s action in shuttering this story does nothing but bring more attention to it and calls into question the skills of the people making such decisions. I’m certainly not finished with this story. Is KMOV covering for the administration? Do they think by forcing a respected and objective anchor to read a statement apologizing for a personal Facebook post wherein he divulged that yes, the IRS may have a vendetta will make the story disappear?Loesch followed up with more:
Mike Valentine of Belo Corp, the parent company of CBS affiliate KMOV Channel 4 in St. Louis, downplayed the significance of the IRS targeting reporters today by throwing one of their own under the bus. In a statement released to media, Valentine said:What is interesting to note, is that Conners noted in his post he'd asked similar tough questions to President Bush, much to the President's and his staff's displeasure, because that's his job as a journalist. The only difference was, it was not followed up with a tax audit.
Any issue he has with the IRS are personal issues. They have nothing to do with our television station KMOV or him as a journalist. As a news anchor, he owes a duty to our viewers to report in an unbiased manner. His Facebook post and his Twitter posts, as a result, were inappropriate. And we don’t condone personal posts that jeopardize the journalistic nature of our business. It’s really that simple [...] What he wrote has nothing to do with our company or our television station,” Valentine said. “And we don’t condone that type of personal opinion being represented as a company or station opinion.When the IRS is actively targeting reporters for unbiased coverage of the Obama administration, wondering on your Facebook page whether or not the increased IRS intensity towards your situation is related. Why on earth Belo Corp. and KMOV chose to make this a bigger issue by freaking out over it is beyond me. It now seems fitting to ask whether or not the quality of KMOV’s coverage will be diminished as it seems the brass wants to suppress stories if it involves their own reporters.
...Interesting to note: A former Belo Corp director, a Democrat, left to work with the Obama admin:
Newspaper publisher A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) announced that Louis E. Caldera, a director of Belo Corp. from 2000-2008 and A. H. Belo since February 2008, has resigned from the Board of Directors effective today as a result of his appointment by President-elect Barack Obama as Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Military Office.During his time with the Obama admin, Caldera landed in hot water for ordering a mission that called for flying a Boeing 747 terrifyingly close to the Manhattan skyline and causes mass panic.
Speaking of the White House, Jay Carney gave the following answer to (gasp) Chuck Todd of the Obama-friendly NBC news, saying staff had heard reports of what the IRS was doing, but nothing was done.
If this is the case, then why was noting done to put a stop to it. Moreover, isn't this a veiled admission the White House knew about the IRS audits?
Here's another one. Back in 2010, an Obama Regime official made information about Koch Industries publicly available (via Pat Dollard).
Excerpted from a September 20, 2010 article in The Weekly Standard: …a lawyer for Koch Industries now tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the administration may have crossed a line by revealing tax information about Koch Industries. According to Mark Holden, senior vice president and general counsel of Koch Industries, a senior Obama administration official told reporters at an August 27 on-the-record background briefing on corporate taxes:
So in this country we have partnerships, we have S corps, we have LLCs, we have a series of entities that do not pay corporate income tax. Some of which are really giant firms, you know Koch Industries is a multibillion dollar businesses. So that creates a narrower base because we’ve literally got something like 50 percent of the business income in the U.S. is going to businesses that don’t pay any corporate income tax. They point out [in the report] you could review the boundary between corporate and non-corporate taxation as a way to broaden the base.
Holden tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that this quotation from a senior administration official “came to our attention from different avenues. We are very concerned about why this would be said about us, particularly in this setting. We are concerned where this information would have been obtained from. We also are concerned in light of recent events that we have been singled out by the government and others as a campaign against us because of our political views.”To which Dollard wrote:
If the White House illegally had the Koch Brothers tax returns, which, per the article below, it appears they did, then Obama has been working with the IRS for 2 years to wage a war on his political enemies. Today he said he just learned about the IRS war Friday.This is something to be asked not only of IRS officials, but White House staff, under oath.