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Back on December 22nd, FTVLive told you about Sinclair owned WBBF's story that was misleadingly edited to make it sound like protesters were calling on people to “kill a cop.”
“At this rally in Washington, D.C. participants chanted, ‘We won’t stop, we can’t stop, so kill a cop,’” WBFF’s Melinda Roeder said during her report.
It was pointed out that wasn't what the protestors were saying and the clip was wildly taken out of context.
The station apologized for the story, but now sources tell FTVLive that firings have happened at the station as fallout from the story.
Sources tell FTVLive that both the Reporter and the Photographer that did the story have been let go.
Insiders say that the story idea came directly from News Director Mike Tomko. "It was found by him, assigned by him and ultimately proofed by him," says a station insider to FTVLive.
Insiders tell FTVLive that Tomko did get a 1 day suspension and a Producer who texted the Tomko that night saying he was uncomfortable with the story got suspended 2 days.
So, it appears that the ND got a slap on the wrist while others we penalized much more harshly.
Word is that WBFF GM Bill Fanshawe held a newsroom meeting to explain discipline handed out.
Sources say that when one Photographer asked a question, the GM refused to answer it. Instead, he offered to schedule a private meeting with the Photog.