PBS Anchor Under Fire for 'Take That Bibi' Tweet

The firestorm over PBS and Gwen Ifill who tweeted about the Iran deal today, "Take that, Bibi," (a shot at Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu) may turn into a scorcher.  

Sources at the Newshour tell FTVLive that PBS is now considering a multi-week suspension of Ifill for violating social media policies requiring reporters/talent to show objectivity across all platforms.  

Word is that several of Ifill's colleagues, including co-anchor Judy Woodruff, are said to be "horrified and infuriated" at Ifill's "juvenile and partisan" social media post.  Some colleagues have asked Ifill to apologize... but Ifill has refused.  

On twitter, Ifill maintains she "inadvertently poked the eye of twitter."  She is not taking heat for that tweet as well:

CBS Shanks It by Dropping Feherty

After 19 years, CBS has parted ways with on course golf commentator David Feherty.

Feherty one of the most popular golf announcers is not having his contract renewed by CBS Sports. 

Feherty worked for CBS this past weekend, covering The Barclays.

Look for NBC to quickly grab the popular Irishman and add him full time to their coverage. Feherty already hosts a show on the NBC owned Golf Channel. It makes sense for him to join the network on the broadcast side. 

So far, CBS, Feherty nor NBC is making any comments. 

CNN Adding Yet Another Media Reporter

Maybe Brian Selter just can't do his job without a lot of help. Or, maybe CNN wants to have more media Reporters than regular Reporters?

Whatever the case, Politico's Dylan Byers is joining the network as the senior reporter for media and politics. Since Stelter obsesses on Donald Trump and is the senior media Reporter, it seems that Byers will be infringing right on Stelter's turf. 

Maybe Stelter is heading to the Trump beat on a full time basis. 

Speaking of Byers, Stelter says, "Byers is a scoop machine. When I've been offline for more than a few hours, the way I see what I've missed is by checking his Twitter feed. Soon we'll be working together on stories instead of trying to beat each other to them."

Stelter is taking full credit for all the CNN media Reporter hires and growing the team. It appears that Byers is CNN....errrrrr...... Stelter's latest hire. 

You know, if you can't beat them hire them. 

Texas Station Defends Use of Police Shooting Video

Texas Station Defends Use of Police Shooting Video

KSAT in San Antonio got their hands on a video showing sheriff's deputies in Bexar County, Texas, shooting and killing a man.

The video it appears to show deputies shooting the man while he has his hands up. The video recorded by a viewer that then in turn sold it to the station.

There is no question that the video raising questions in both the suspect and the police actions before the shooting.

KSAT decided to run the raw video on their website. The Bexar Sheriff's office says that in doing so, they put other cops lives in danger.

The police took to social media to condemn the station for posting the video and urged viewers to email and call the station to complain. 

"Certainly what's in the video is a cause for concern," Bexar County Sheriff Pamerleau said. "But it's important to let the investigation go through its course so we can ensure a thorough and complete review of all that occurred."

So, one would argue that KSAT made the right call in posting the video in what is surely a questionable shooting.

But, with the police taking on the station and saying that they are putting police in danger, KSAT is now answering some of their own tough questions.

KSAT GM Phil Lane is aswering viewer's emails as to why the station made the decision to post the video.

Here is the email that he is sending to viewers that write with concerns.

His email and more after the jump.

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WDBJ Post 'Thank You' Video

The staff at WDBJ posted this video to social media thanking people for their support as they dealt with the death of their two colleagues:

WDBJ7 general manager Jeff Marks said it best -- there are not enough Hallmark cards in existence to thank the community for your support.

Posted by WDBJ7 on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bounced WABC Reporter: I Was Fired for Telling the Truth

FTVLive was the FIRST to tell you that longtime Reporter Sarah Wallace was out the door at WABC.

Wallace has since joined WNBC across the street, but it seems she hasn't forgotten her old station. 

Page Six says that Wallace is suing her ex-employer for gender discrimination in a bombshell $600,000 lawsuit — and will claim she was “fired for telling the truth” about a murder.

Wallace, 59, was ousted from her investigative reporter position after 30 years at the station. She says in court papers that “male employees [who] performed equal or less work” were paid more.

She will also claim in soon-to-be-filed papers that she was axed after reporting on what she believes was a wrongful conviction. Archie Cosey was sentenced to 25 years to life in New York for conspiracy and murder in 1998 after pleading guilty. He later said his guilty plea “resulted from threats from one or more co-defendants,” but a judge denied his bid to withdraw the plea.

Wallace believes she was unfairly treated by her boss Camille Edwards, who is so tough she was nicknamed “Camevil” by newsroom staff.

Wallace’s power-attorney Joe Tacopina said, “She was hoping it would not come to this, but some of the statements made by Channel 7 managers were so derogatory and offensive, she could not allow them to go unchecked. They challenged her journalistic integrity.

“She was fired for telling the truth. Sarah uncovered information that could overturn [Cosey’s] conviction. We’ll be putting details in a full complaint that we’ll file later.”

A rep for WABC said: “Sarah’s claim is totally without merit. Before being terminated . . . Sarah never raised concerns about discrimination. These complaints were raised for the first time by her attorneys in late August. They are completely baseless.”

The rep added of Wallace’s claim, “That is completely wrong . . . Sarah is well aware of the reasons for her termination.”

Fox News Anchor Sues Toy Manufacturer for Naming Rodent After Her

Some people would be happy that a toy manufacturer as big as Hasbro would name something after them.

Fox News Anchor Harris Faulkner is not and she's suing the company. 

In a $5 million federal lawsuit (seems a bit excessive), Faulkner says she suffered “emotional damage’’ after the company gave her name to a character in its popular Littlest Pet Shop toy line.

Hasbro’s Harris Faulkner is a tiny tan-and-white hamster with blue eyes and a butterfly perched on its head.

“Hasbro’s portrayal of Faulkner as a rodent is demeaning and insulting,” the anchor of “Fox Report Weekend” says in her suit.

“In addition to its prominent and unauthorized use of Faulkner’s name, elements of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll also bear a physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, in particular tone of its complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup,” the papers allege.

The toy particularly gnaws at Faulkner given her own journalistic pedigree, the document says.

“Harris Faulkner, the uniquely named, acclaimed veteran journalist and author, has worked for decades to establish and maintain her personal brand and laudable professional reputation,’’ her suit states. “Hasbro’s manufacture, sale, and distribution of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll is extremely concerning and distressing to Faulkner” and “has caused substantial commercial and emotional damage to [her].’’

Also ruffling Faulkner’s fur is that the toy “is a known choking hazard.”

Seriously?! Hasbro has my full permission to make a Scott Jones toy. I'm thinking maybe Scotty the Skunk.

You know....because I like to make a stink about things. 

Promise I won't sue. 

H/T NY Post

Gutting The Weather Channel

FTVLive FIRST told you yesterday that The Weather Channel was parting ways with longtime Meteorologist Vivian Brown and pulling the plug on Al Roker's 'Wake Up with Al.'

The cuts are all part of TWC trying to make itself look more attractive to potential buyers as they slim down the bottom line. 

Sources tell FTVLive that more cuts are coming.

You think Sam Champion might be saying something like, "What the hell did I do?"

Stay tuned.... 

Gray Buys KCRG in Cedar Rapids

The last locally owned TV station in the state of Iowa was sold to an outsider yesterday. 

Gazette Company owner of KCRG, sold the TV station and the station’s online operation to Gray Television.

With the purchase, new owner Gray Television Inc. of Atlanta will have TV stations in 46 markets in 25 states. KCRG market in Eastern Iowa will be the 11th largest for Gray and its first in Iowa.

Gray said it paid about $100 million in cash for ABC affiliate KCRG-TV9, its latest of about two dozen station purchases in two years.

Kevin Latek, senior vice president for business affairs at Gray Television, said the purchase can be seen as part of a “shakeout” in the local broadcast industry where getting bigger is necessary to survive.

KCRG shared a newsroom with The Gazette’s newspaper, now Gazette says will be looking for new quarters to move their operation.

H/T Gazette

Longtime Mississippi Reporter in Critical Condition

Longtime WAPT (Jackson, Miss) Reporter Bert Case is hospitalized in critical condition after falling ill on Monday.

Case, who has been on the air for 50 years is fighting a bout with a "nasty" sepsis infection according to his wife Mary.

He was talking Tuesday but was "fighting," 16 WAPT News Director Ben Hart said.

Case recently celebrated 50 years in broadcasting. His career started in 1960 on the radio in Memphis. Case went on to become the first news director and anchor at 16 WAPT. He worked for WLBT for a number of years before returning to 16 WAPT News.