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While you were shopping – ‘Maine Anchors Resign Live On Air Citing Manipulation Of News’

‘In Bangor Maine, two television stations, WVII and WFVX are all run by one man, Mike Palmer’.

‘He has over the years been found to be pushing a lop-sided viewpoint to his staff’.

‘While he has claimed innocence, emails over the year have revealed micro-management with the intent to skew the news. The New York Times released email from 2006 has him telling his staff to not cover the issue of global warming, the single most important issue of our era’.

‘Now it appears his micro-management of his staff has forced the on-air resignation of not one, but two established and popular anchors, Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio’.

Tony Consiglio:

I just wanted to know that I was doing the best job I could and was being honest and ethical as a journalist, and I thought there were times when I wasn’t able to do that

Cindy Michaels:

We figured if we had tendered our resignations off the air, we would not have been allowed to say goodbye to the community on the air and that was really important for us to do that.

“There was a constant disrespecting and belittling of staff and we both felt there was a lack of knowledge from ownership and upper management in running a newsroom to the extent that I was not allowed to structure and direct them professionally. I couldn’t do everything I wanted to as a news director. There was a regular undoing of decisions.”
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More at Bangor Daily News :

“Upper management is not involved in the daily production of the news. Period,” said Palmer’.
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‘Michael Palmer, the general manager of television stations WVII and WFVX, ABC and Fox affiliates in Bangor, has told his joint staff of nine men and women that when “Bar Harbor is underwater, then we can do global warming stories.”

“Until then,” he added. “No more.”
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