Reporter Claims He Was Fired Over Confrontation With Candidate

By Mark Joyella 

A reporter at Baton Rouge NBC affiliate WVLA claims he was fired after a confrontation with U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who is running for governor.

Derek Myers told the Baton Rouge Advocate he was dismissed just hours after he questioned Vitter about the candidate’s reported ties to a prostitution ring:

Myers said he believed he was fired because the Vitter campaign threatened to pull its campaign commercials from NBC 33/Fox 44 News. He said he reached this conclusion because of a conversation that was overheard in the newsroom Tuesday.

Luke Bolar, Vitter’s spokesman, said no one from the campaign contacted the station about the ads, calling the allegation “1,000 percent false.”

Jim Baronet, the station’s general manager, also said no one from the Vitter campaign contacted the station about ads. Baronet also said that company personnel rules prevented him from discussing why Myers was fired.