Steve McCoy, the NewsRadio 106.7 radio host in Atlanta, has been fired for doctoring and passing off an old Donald Trump interview as a new exclusive piece.
Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Trump was supposed to have and interview with McCoy on Monday, but when he cancelled, McCoy took the audio from an old interview, repackaged it to sound current, and tried to pass it off on Tuesday. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks sent a statement to Mediaite and to Buzzfeed on the matter, and McCoy was suspended yesterday following her accusations that the story was “a spoof and/or a fraud.”
The piece was unflattering towards the GOP frontrunner, for it alleged that Trump set interview conditions that he would not be asked specific questions about political policy. McCoy mostly asked Trump relatively timeless questions about things like his wealth, personality, and whether or not he cares about likability.
McCoy has admitted the interview to be fake, and program director Greg Tantum released a statement this morning:
For obvious reasons Steve McCoy no longer works at the station. Cheryl White, Drew Nelson and Randy Wyles will continue to provide Atlanta with a high energy news product that accentuates breaking news as well as in depth coverage on the top stories.
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