Thursday, May 22, 2008

LOCAL HEROES: VETERAN TV JOURNALIST FIRED FOR BASHING O'REILLY

BOSTON HERALD CN8 has fired veteran TV journalist Barry Nolan for publicly protesting the decision by the local Emmy Awards to honor Fox News blowhard Bill O'Reilly. Nolan tells MediaBiz he was fired following a two-week, unpaid suspension. . .

Before the May 10 awards, Nolan sent e-mails to industry colleagues encouraging them to write to the Emmy governors - if they shared his opinion - and let them know "this is an appalling choice for an honor."

"He's delusional," Nolan said of O'Reilly, a former Boston TV anchor. "He's a man that mangles the facts."

At the awards, Nolan said he quietly put fliers on tables that "simply had" quotes from O'Reilly as well as three pages from the sexual harassment lawsuit O'Reilly settled that was brought by his former producer.

Security approached Nolan and told him he couldn't distribute information at the event.

Nolan says he has no regrets about speaking out against giving O'Reilly "the highest honor" that the local Emmy Awards can bestow. Past winners include Mike Wallace and Natalie Jacobson.

"When they announced O'Reilly people booed," Nolan said, "and it wasn't me. I was quiet."

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