Washington D.C.’s WJLA-TV has fired anchorman Doug McElway for insubordination and misconduct, the Post reports.
McElway was placed on indefinite suspension in late July after a verbal confrontation with the station’s general manager. This week, the station turned the suspension to a firing.
McElway ran into trouble in July when covering a protest by environmental groups who wanted to end oil industry contributions to Congress. In his report, he said the event attracted protesters “largely representing far-left environmental groups.”
General manager Bill Lord “took exception to McElway’s reporting and asked to meet with him,” the Post says. The meeting led to a shouting match and McElway’s suspension.
The Post says that McElway has a record of alleging liberal favoritism in news; when he left his former job to join WJLA, he cited his former employer’s lack of “balance” in a news article. “I made a conscious decision about three years ago that I would complain in our newsroom if I saw things on our air that were not balanced, he told the Washington Times at the time, according to DCRTV. “And I did so with the full awareness that it was risky, and it could result in me losing my job eventually.”
Seems like McElway’s come full circle.