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A now-fired Detroit journalist has accused ViacomCBS of pushing carefully curated “propaganda” through its local affiliate stations, particularly “propaganda” about the coronavirus vaccine, and of discriminating against her because of her refusal to be vaccinated.
During a weather forecast Sunday, since-fired Detroit CBS affiliate station WWJ-TV meteorologist and journalist April Moss announced an upcoming interview with Project Veritas “to discuss the discrimination that CBS is enforcing on its employees.”
Her surprise move followed in the steps of Ivory Hecker, the now-fired Houston field reporter who’d gone viral for accusing a local Fox station of muzzling her.
Moss’s interview was eventually published Tuesday, by which time she’d reportedly already been fired for having spoken with Project Veritas.
Watch the full interview below:
Moss began the interview with Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe by noting that every decision ostensibly made by WWJ-TV can be traced back to ViacomCBS’s corporate headquarters in New York City.
“So all of our policies are passed down from CBS New York, and there’s just a blanket statement policy for all CBS affiliate stations,” she said.
These various policies, she added, prevented her from conducting real journalism. When she sought to interview conservative activist Candace Owens for International Women’s Month, for instance, she was told no because the idea was “too political.”
Instead, Moss was assigned to interview Michigan Department of Health & Human Services chief deputy director Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, but even this interview wound up being muzzled allegedly because of ViacomCBS’s restrictive policies.
During this interview, she tried questioning Khaldun about her claim that the coronavirus vaccine prevents those who contract the virus from needing hospitalization, noting that “there have been many studies showing that people have been hospitalized after the vaccine.”
But through her earpiece, she could hear her producer telling her to “move on the next question.”
“He did not want me to talk about [it],” she told O’Keefe.
A search of WWJ-TV’s website did not bring up Moss’s interview with Khaldun. Instead, it brought up another interview between Khaldun and one of Moss’s former colleagues.
It’s presumed Moss’s interview was deleted.
ViacomCBS’s policies also appeared to be focused on pushing what Moss described as pure “propaganda.”
Emails from ViacomCBS shared with Project Veritas showed the brand proudly touting that “we are using the power of our brands to encourage viewers to get the vaccine when available.”
Remarking on the emails, Moss said, “I don’t think that this is journalism at all. I think this is propaganda being pushed on people.”
“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,” she added.
ViacomCBS’s policies also allegedly discriminated against Moss because of her refusal to get vaccinated and her refusal to continue undergoing weekly tests and wearing a mask at all times when inside the station.
“I felt that, OK, I don’t want to lose my job, I will comply with weekly tests so that I can keep my job. CBS actually started to ask for access to the data from the lab where we were getting our COVID testing, which was voluntary, but I of course checked no. They did not need to know my personal COVID testing information. That to me felt like an overreach. But I wanted to keep my job, so I continue to weekly test,” she said.
But after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer dropped the state’s mask mandate last month, she said she would no longer participate in weekly testing. In response, an official from ViacomCBS allegedly told her that she, therefore, had to remain masked and segregated until she got the vaccine.
“They’re saying that you’re an essential employee, we really want you to get vaccinated. In fact, we’ll even pay you. So [they]re setting a standard within the workplace already of segregating co-workers, and I should not be discriminated against,” Moss explained.
“This issue is not just about me. I’m watching our whole nation suffer because they’re put underneath these policies that are enacted by corporations, and this is a human rights issue. And every American and every person on Earth has the right to breathe fresh air. And to segregate somebody is completely inhumane,” she added.
By segregation, she apparently meant the policy of being forced to work from home.
“As an on-air personality, it’s very obvious to the viewers, wow, she’s never in the studio, she’s always at her house,” Moss said.
Indeed, her weather report from Sunday was televised from her home:
“It’s an unfortunate thing, but it’s not just happening to me. It’s happening all across the world, and I really felt like I had gone through all the correct channels within our organization to try and amend this, but to no avail,” Moss said.
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