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Reporter Fired Over Political Fight With Boss Hired At Fox News

Reports from Washington indicate the Fox News bureau in D.C.’s adding a face familiar to television viewers inside the proverbial Beltway–most notably for a political fight with his boss that led to his firing.

The Washington Post reports Doug McKelway started work at Fox on Monday. McKelway’s a former reporter and anchor at Washington’s ABC station, WJLA, and he made headlines at the time of his departure from the station over a dispute with the station’s news director:

WJLA fired McKelway after a verbal confrontation this summer with the station’s news director, Bill Lord. The run-in followed McKelway’s coverage of a Capitol Hill protest by environmental and religious groups that were protesting oil-industry contributions to elected officials.

McKelway focused his coverage on Democrats, reporting that the protest “may be a risky strategy because the one man who has more campaign contributions from BP than anybody else in history is now sitting in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama.”

Lord questioned McKelway’s reporting and asked to meet with him. A shouting match between the men ensued, leading to McKelway’s suspension. He was eventually terminated for what the station called insubordination and misconduct.

McKelway has been critical of what he views as liberal favoritism in TV news reporting. When he left WRC/Channel 4 after nine years to join WJLA in 2001, he said in a newspaper article that the station’s reporting often lacked “balance.”

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