A journalist for Houston’s Fox 26 was fired this week, the Washington Examiner reports, after saying during a live broadcast that Fox Corp. was “muzzling” her reporting.
Thirty-two-year-old Ivory Hecker told the Daily Beast in an interview on Tuesday that she’d initially been suspended from the station earlier that day.
The move apparently came after Hecker said on-air Monday that “Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers.”
“I am going to be releasing some recordings about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox, because it applies to you, the viewers,” she said, as the Daily Beast reported. “I found a non-profit journalism group called Project Veritas that is going to help put that out tomorrow, so tune in then.”
“A journalistic organization”
According to the Examiner, the video, which depicted Hecker speaking with Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, was later published on the group’s platforms.
Project Veritas has a controversial reputation, however, and in a statement, the station Hecker previously worked for excoriated the reporter for using their platform to promote what they called “a false narrative.”
“FOX 26 adheres to the highest editorial standards of accuracy and impartiality,” a spokesperson said, according to the Examiner. “This incident involves nothing more than a disgruntled former employee seeking publicity by promoting a false narrative produced through selective editing and misrepresentation.”
In the video, Hecker alleges she was told to refrain from covering subjects including Bitcoin and the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus disease, the Examiner reports.
“I knew I was not working for a journalistic organization when I was called into an HR meeting in December and was told to keep my support for free speech and opposition to censorship to myself — that those were not matters to be publicly spoken about,” she charged in a statement, according to The Epoch Times.
Hecker, who was said to have been a fill-in anchor and general assignment reporter for Fox 26, told the Daily Beast on Tuesday that she still has more to tell about her former employer, and that the Project Veritas video “doesn’t touch what they did.”
“I have been longing to part ways with this strange, slightly unhinged corporation since last August when I realized what they were,” Hecker said. “Fox 26 knows I’m fearless.”
Now, the reporter says she wouldn’t even accept a job at Fox News. “I have zero interest in working for another corporation. They all toe the same line,” she told the Daily Beast.