Texas Station Defends Use of Police Shooting Video

Texas Station Defends Use of Police Shooting Video

KSAT in San Antonio got their hands on a video showing sheriff's deputies in Bexar County, Texas, shooting and killing a man.

The video it appears to show deputies shooting the man while he has his hands up. The video recorded by a viewer that then in turn sold it to the station.

There is no question that the video raising questions in both the suspect and the police actions before the shooting.

KSAT decided to run the raw video on their website. The Bexar Sheriff's office says that in doing so, they put other cops lives in danger.

The police took to social media to condemn the station for posting the video and urged viewers to email and call the station to complain. 

"Certainly what's in the video is a cause for concern," Bexar County Sheriff Pamerleau said. "But it's important to let the investigation go through its course so we can ensure a thorough and complete review of all that occurred."

So, one would argue that KSAT made the right call in posting the video in what is surely a questionable shooting.

But, with the police taking on the station and saying that they are putting police in danger, KSAT is now answering some of their own tough questions.

KSAT GM Phil Lane is aswering viewer's emails as to why the station made the decision to post the video.

Here is the email that he is sending to viewers that write with concerns.

His email and more after the jump.

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WDBJ Post 'Thank You' Video

The staff at WDBJ posted this video to social media thanking people for their support as they dealt with the death of their two colleges:

WDBJ7 general manager Jeff Marks said it best -- there are not enough Hallmark cards in existence to thank the community for your support.

Posted by WDBJ7 on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bounced WABC Reporter: I Was Fired for Telling the Truth

FTVLive was the FIRST to tell you that longtime Reporter Sarah Wallace was out the door at WABC.

Wallace has since joined WNBC across the street, but it seems she hasn't forgotten her old station. 

Page Six says that Wallace is suing her ex-employer for gender discrimination in a bombshell $600,000 lawsuit — and will claim she was “fired for telling the truth” about a murder.

Wallace, 59, was ousted from her investigative reporter position after 30 years at the station. She says in court papers that “male employees [who] performed equal or less work” were paid more.

She will also claim in soon-to-be-filed papers that she was axed after reporting on what she believes was a wrongful conviction. Archie Cosey was sentenced to 25 years to life in New York for conspiracy and murder in 1998 after pleading guilty. He later said his guilty plea “resulted from threats from one or more co-defendants,” but a judge denied his bid to withdraw the plea.

Wallace believes she was unfairly treated by her boss Camille Edwards, who is so tough she was nicknamed “Camevil” by newsroom staff.

Wallace’s power-attorney Joe Tacopina said, “She was hoping it would not come to this, but some of the statements made by Channel 7 managers were so derogatory and offensive, she could not allow them to go unchecked. They challenged her journalistic integrity.

“She was fired for telling the truth. Sarah uncovered information that could overturn [Cosey’s] conviction. We’ll be putting details in a full complaint that we’ll file later.”

A rep for WABC said: “Sarah’s claim is totally without merit. Before being terminated . . . Sarah never raised concerns about discrimination. These complaints were raised for the first time by her attorneys in late August. They are completely baseless.”

The rep added of Wallace’s claim, “That is completely wrong . . . Sarah is well aware of the reasons for her termination.”

Fox News Anchor Sues Toy Manufacturer for Naming Rodent After Her

Some people would be happy that a toy manufacturer as big as Hasbro would name something after them.

Fox News Anchor Harris Faulkner is not and she's suing the company. 

In a $5 million federal lawsuit (seems a bit excessive), Faulkner says she suffered “emotional damage’’ after the company gave her name to a character in its popular Littlest Pet Shop toy line.

Hasbro’s Harris Faulkner is a tiny tan-and-white hamster with blue eyes and a butterfly perched on its head.

“Hasbro’s portrayal of Faulkner as a rodent is demeaning and insulting,” the anchor of “Fox Report Weekend” says in her suit.

“In addition to its prominent and unauthorized use of Faulkner’s name, elements of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll also bear a physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, in particular tone of its complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup,” the papers allege.

The toy particularly gnaws at Faulkner given her own journalistic pedigree, the document says.

“Harris Faulkner, the uniquely named, acclaimed veteran journalist and author, has worked for decades to establish and maintain her personal brand and laudable professional reputation,’’ her suit states. “Hasbro’s manufacture, sale, and distribution of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll is extremely concerning and distressing to Faulkner” and “has caused substantial commercial and emotional damage to [her].’’

Also ruffling Faulkner’s fur is that the toy “is a known choking hazard.”

Seriously?! Hasbro has my full permission to make a Scott Jones toy. I'm thinking maybe Scotty the Skunk.

You know....because I like to make a stink about things. 

Promise I won't sue. 

H/T NY Post

Gutting The Weather Channel

FTVLive FIRST told you yesterday that The Weather Channel was parting ways with longtime Meteorologist Vivian Brown and pulling the plug on Al Roker's 'Wake Up with Al.'

The cuts are all part of TWC trying to make itself look more attractive to potential buyers as they slim down the bottom line. 

Sources tell FTVLive that more cuts are coming.

You think Sam Champion might be saying something like, "What the hell did I do?"

Stay tuned.... 

Gray Buys KCRG in Cedar Rapids

The last locally owned TV station in the state of Iowa was sold to an outsider yesterday. 

Gazette Company owner of KCRG, sold the TV station and the station’s online operation to Gray Television.

With the purchase, new owner Gray Television Inc. of Atlanta will have TV stations in 46 markets in 25 states. KCRG market in Eastern Iowa will be the 11th largest for Gray and its first in Iowa.

Gray said it paid about $100 million in cash for ABC affiliate KCRG-TV9, its latest of about two dozen station purchases in two years.

Kevin Latek, senior vice president for business affairs at Gray Television, said the purchase can be seen as part of a “shakeout” in the local broadcast industry where getting bigger is necessary to survive.

KCRG shared a newsroom with The Gazette’s newspaper, now Gazette says will be looking for new quarters to move their operation.

H/T Gazette

Longtime Mississippi Reporter in Critical Condition

Longtime WAPT (Jackson, Miss) Reporter Bert Case is hospitalized in critical condition after falling ill on Monday.

Case, who has been on the air for 50 years is fighting a bout with a "nasty" sepsis infection according to his wife Mary.

He was talking Tuesday but was "fighting," 16 WAPT News Director Ben Hart said.

Case recently celebrated 50 years in broadcasting. His career started in 1960 on the radio in Memphis. Case went on to become the first news director and anchor at 16 WAPT. He worked for WLBT for a number of years before returning to 16 WAPT News.

Colbert Readies for The Late Show

Stephen Colbert kicks off his gig as the host of The Late Show on September 8th. The comedian has been doing some "test" shows in front of a studio audience to get ready for the big night.

Some of the people that have been viewing the "test" shows have snapped some pictures of Colbert's new set.

It appears that he is staying with the red,white and blue theme from his Colbert Report and that he will enter the stage each night through a garage door.

He are some snaps of the set:

The Weather Channel is Putting Wake up With Al to Bed

More signs of how bad things have gotten at The Weather Channel....

Word is that by the end of the month, The Weather Channel is pulling the plug on Al Roker's show "Wake Up with Al."

It seems that waking up with Al was just too costly and they are canceling the show after almost 6 years.

Earlier, FTVLive FIRST told you that longtime Meteorologist Vivian Brown was leaving The Weather Channel after 30 years.

TWC continues to try and cut cost to make it more attractive for a sale.

Expect more cuts soon. 

CNN Caves...will Let Carly Fiorina in the Debate

CNN says they are amending the criteria for its Republican presidential debate on September 16 and it will "possibly" allow Carly Fiorina to join the other top-tier candidates on the stage.

CNN might be saying "possibly", but you can bet your house that Fiorina will be there.

Otherwise, why would CNN want to come off looking like a flip-flopper on their own debate rules?

CNN came up with some mumbo jumbo as to why they are changing the rules just two weeks out from the debate. 

Bottom line, they screwed the pooch and are now trying to get it right without looking like bumbling fools. Although, let's be honest....it might be a bit late for that. 

But you can fully expect that when the debate happens, Carly Fiorina will be there. 


Move Over Bill, Megyn is on Top

While Donald Trump was encouraging his faithful to boycott Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly's show, it seems to have fallen on deaf ears. 

Kelly had the highest-rated cable news show for the month, which also included her 10 day vacation.

Her numbers  averaged 566,000 adults 25-54, a 41 percent jump and better than Bill O'Reilly's 541,000.

Thanks to Trump and FNC's on going feud, Fox News was up 64 percent in the demo from August 2014, the net's highest-rated month since November 2012.

Maybe Trump's boycott of China will do better than this one.

Just saying....

H/T Hollywood Reporter