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The now-fired Houston field reporter who went viral this week for vowing to expose Fox Corp. for allegedly “muzzling” her claimed in a subsequently published Project Veritas interview that her bosses had been trying to force her to abide by certain corporate-approved narratives.
“From the inside, yes, there’s a narrative. Yes, it is unspoken, but if you accidentally step outside that narrative, if you don’t sense what that narrative is and go with it, there will be grave consequences for you,” she said.
“It affects the viewers — that’s why I’m doing this. The viewers are being deceived by a carefully crafted narrative on some stories. I want out of this narrative news telling. I want out of this corruption,” she added.
Listen to her interview with Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe below:
She got her wish. Her bosses at station KRIV, which is owned by Fox Corp., terminated her and then issued a statement to local media accusing her of being “a disgruntled employee seeking publicity by promoting a false narrative produced through selective editing and misrepresentation,” as reported late Tuesday by the Houston Chronicle.
The allegedly “selective editing and misrepresenting” shows her bosses, including editors, turning down stories for nonsensical reasons.
In one clip, an editor chooses to not run a story about the highly popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin because she believes a “poor African-American audience” wouldn’t be interested in the topic.
“I have passed on Bitcoin stories by almost every single reporter for our five o’clock audience, because that’s not our five o’clock audience,” the editor says.
“So, there are lots of reasons. If I know our numbers are tanking from five to six and in one particular segment… I may say, yeah, and Bitcoin for poor African-American audience at five, it’s probably not going to play. That’s a choice I’m making,” she adds.
In another clip, KRIV news director Susan Schiller demands that Hecker “cease and desist posting about hydroxychloroquine,” the drug that studies have suggested is effective at reducing the symptoms for the sickest coronavirus patients.
“It’s not just about the viewers. It’s about what our CEO reads,” the boss then adds.
Last August, Hecker interviewed a medical professional, Dr. Joseph Varon of Houston’s United Memorial Medical Center, as part of an assignment. In the interview, he told her about the success he’s had with hydroxychloroquine.
Watch one clip from the interview below:
“We know that once you put that tube in, you’re pretty much signing a death sentence.”
Dr. Joseph Varon, chief medical officer at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston tells me why he avoids ventilators “like the plague:”
Posted by Ivory Hecker on Monday, August 10, 2020
But she apparently wasn’t allowed to talk about any of this on air. Nor did her bosses appreciate her posting this clip to her own Facebook page.
“They sent me to interview Dr. Joseph Varon, a highly respected doctor who did 1,600 media interviews. They banned me permanently — after my interview — from covering COVID-19 medical treatments,” she told O’Keefe.
Varon’s comments on hydroxychloroquine were never published by KRIV.
In one instance, Schiller accused her of having “failed as a reporter” for not examining the “latest research” on hydroxychloroquine.
The research on hydroxychloroquine has actually been mixed. Some studies have found it to be beneficial, while others haven’t. As for the actual doctors who’ve been out on the field prescribing it, they’ve mostly had nothing but praise for it.
Patients — including one Democrat politician from Michigan — have also reported finding success with it:
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 7, 2020
“What’s happening within Fox Corp is an operation of prioritizing corporate interests above the viewer’s interest and, therefore, operating in a deceptive way,” Hecker continued in her remarks to O’Keefe.
One of those “corporate interests” is allegedly the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In another clip, this one reportedly obtained by an uncover Project Veritas investigator, station KRIV sales coordinator Jennifer Bourgeois admits that the CDC influences stations such as KRIV because of all the money it spends on ad campaigns.
“Yeah, they [CDC] are spending money. They are spending money because they can. Yeah, they can. They [CDC] are in the pocket. You know? They’re there,” she says.
According to Hecker, this is why local stations like KRIV have been hyping up for the coronavirus vaccine.
“Vaccines are a potential money maker for Fox. Fox gets paid for that. As a viewer you need to look at who is advertising on this TV station, and you’ve got to realize — surely that the TV station doesn’t want to hurt its advertisers,” she said.
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