A Detroit CBS affiliate said that meteorologist April Moss, who promised to produce proof of discrimination at the station live on-air Sunday, was fired after refusing to wear a mask.
"April Moss objected to WWJ-TV's policies regarding COVID-19 testing and wearing masks inside our station, which are based on CDC, state and local guidelines," the station said in a statement. "Any suggestion that she was in any way a victim of 'discrimination' due to her concerns about these policies is completely false. In fact, we allowed April to perform her weather anchor duties from home as we explored her concerns."
The news of the reporter’s termination comes after Moss revealed live during her local weather report Sunday that she "will be sitting down this week with Project Veritas to discuss the discrimination that CBS is enforcing on its employees."
Project Veritas, an outlet run by independent journalist James O’Keefe, has built a large audience with his reports that often feature secretly taken video and audio recordings, oftentimes from major news organizations.
"In their response to Project Veritas's upcoming story, CBS 62 failed to address any of the major issues raised by April Moss's recordings," O'Keefe said. "No mention of companywide efforts to push vaccinations on employees and the public. Instead, CBS aimed its focus at her personally in an effort to divert attention from the findings she presented to our organization."
Moss claimed in her interview with O’Keefe Tuesday that CBS 62 was pressuring employees who had declined to get the vaccine to take the shot, using the “power of all of [the] Viacom/CBS brand” in a bid to legitimize the vaccine. She also claimed that the station buried certain coronavirus-related stories instead of being transparent with its audience.
“I’m watching my country disintegrate, and if I don’t stand up and do something when I’m able to, I just don’t know that I could live with myself. … No longer is true journalism being executed anymore. … It is one of the greatest crimes, really, in history right now. Because if we are shaping the American public’s mind, then we need to be seeking truth,” Moss told O’Keefe.
Moss became the second journalist in the span of just over a week to announce live on-air that they were taking their concerns about their stations to Project Veritas.
Ivory Hecker, a former Fox 26 reporter in the Houston area, did the same last week after making similar claims that her station was burying some COVID-19 stories.
But CBS 62 says the Moss termination had little to do with discriminating against her views.
"While we respect and support our employees' freedom to have their own opinions, they are not entitled to use our station news broadcasts as a platform for sharing personal views. Ms. Moss is no longer with our station,” the station said.
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