Mississippi Public Radio Reporter Fired For Leaking Memo On 'Fresh Air' Axing
July 21, 2010 at 12:35 PM (PT)
Reporter CARL GIBSON has been fired by MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC RADIO for leaking an internal memo about the station's controversial cancellation of NPR's "FRESH AIR."
CURRENT.ORG reports that GIBSON, who had just returned from covering the GULF COAST oil spill, sent the JACKSON FREE PRESS alternative weekly paper the memo in order to "help them get the story straight." The resulting story in the paper notes that the e-mail from MPR Director KEVIN FARRELL said that the show was being dropped immediately "due to content issues with the program" after the edition featuring an interview with comic LOUIS C.K. aired. The official statement from MPR Executive Director JUDITH LEWIS said that the decision to drop "FRESH AIR" was made after "careful consideration and review."
GIBSON told CURRENT that the leak did violate station policy but, "I was not the only one leaking emails; I was the only one that got caught." He added that he believes that by canceling the show, LEWIS violated MPB's commitment not to censor or edit programs for broadcast "solely out of fear of complaint."