Two staffers said to be involved in the misleading edit of a video last week of a protest in Washington were dropped by WBFF (Fox 45).
They were reporter Melinda Roeder and photographer Greg McNair, according to Roeder and three other sources at the station.
WBFF (Fox45) apologized last week online and on-air for misleadingly editing and airing a video of a protest march in Washington to make it seem as if protesters were chanting “kill a cop.”
What the marchers were actually chanting in response to the lead of a Baltimore woman, Tawanda Jones, was “We won’t stop. We can’t stop ‘til killer cops are in cell blocks.”
That’s a very different meaning and representation of what Jones and the marchers were saying.
The station came under heavy fire nationally for the edit. And while apologies were issued, the station never explained how it happened.
Bill Fanshawe, general manager of WBFF, declined to comment today when asked about the firings, which were first reported on FTVLive.com, a TV-industry news and gossip website.
News director Mike Tomko received a one-day suspension, according to the website and two sources at the station.
In a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon with the Sun, Roeder confirmed that she had been “terminated” by Fox 45.
A winner of 12 Emmys and 7 Murrow Awards, Roeder said there was a clause in her contract that allowed the station to terminate her without cause and that’s what happened on Monday.
“They terminated my contract without cause,” Roeder said.
“The support I’m receiving from my co-workers has been amazing,” she added. “I’m overwhelmed by how many people have reached out to me.”
Roeder said the idea for the story came from station management — it was not hers. Fox45 management has declined to discuss how the edit came to be.
Roeder, who has been at WBFF since 2007, has been working as a reporter, writer, producer and anchor in radio and TV news since 1997.
Contrary to one online report, Roeder said she has “not consulted with a lawyer” about her termination.
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