St. Louis TV anchorman fired over Facebook posting
Thu, 23 May 2013 12:52:12 GMT —
A veteran TV anchorman has been fired in the wake of comments he made on Facebook claiming "pressure" by the IRS following his 2012 interview with President Barack Obama.
The day after publishing the Facebook post, Conners read a statement on KMOV's 5 p.m. newscast and admitted his issues with the IRS went back to 2008.
"To be fair, I should disclose that my issues with the IRS preceded that interview (with Obama) by several years," he said.
KMOV-TV announced the firing of Larry Conners on its website Wednesday. Conners later told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his Facebook posting simply raised questions about the possibility of an Internal Revenue Service vendetta. The posting followed national stories about the IRS targeting conservative political groups.
The KMOV statement from Mark Pimentel, president and general manager, says that the posting of a personal political opinion on one of the station's Facebook pages "creates an appearance of bias that is inconsistent with important journalistic standards."