Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Sinclair Broadcasting Follow-up

Remember when Sinclair Broadcast Group planned to air a documentary about the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and the uproar in the MSM forced them to back down. As reported by Broadcasting & Cable, the MSM had been tipped off by a Sinclair employee, who was subsequently fired. Link.
The Maryland Department of Labor has denied a claim for unemployment benefits filed by former Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. political reporter Jon Leiberman, who was fired last fall after he spoke out against Sinclair’s plans to air a documentary featuring Swift Boat Veterans’ allegations against Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

Sinclair did not air the documentary, but included parts in a news special, Stolen Honor.

A document released by Sinclair Tuesday says the state’s Department of Labor concluded Leiberman was discharged from Sinclair’s news operation News Central for “speaking to the press/media without permission and sharing of propriety information outside the company.”

Leiberman gave an interview to the Baltimore Sun lambasting Stolen Honor as “biased political propaganda, with clear intentions to sway this election.” He was axed the next day.

It is a given on the left that any employee has a right, perhaps even an obligation, to sabotage anything his employer plans with which the left disagrees. They call it "whistle-blowing" and they beatify the whistle-blower. However, in the real world, whistle-blowing refers to exposing illegal acts by an employer. When you set out to expose something you merely disagree with for ideological reasons, you can be fired if your boss finds out about it. This sabotage is a long-term practice among left-wing federal employees, while its spread into private firms is more recent.


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