|Thousands join petition to get biased, pro-gun “reporter” off airwaves
Washington, DC−A woman who has made a career out of publicly attacking the democratically-enacted gun laws of the District of Columbia and Maryland has no business serving as the “chief investigative reporter” of a television station covering the region’s affairs. That’s the message of more than 6,300 supporters of a petition campaign led by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), an organization that works to prevent gun violence at the local, state and federal level.
CSGV supporters and gun violence survivors delivered the petition today to WTTG Fox 5, asking WTTG General Manager Patrick Paolini to fire Emily Miller for her continuing breach of journalistic ethics.
Lori Haas, the mother of Emily Haas, who survived being shot twice during the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, shared her story today, as did Eddie Weingart, whose mother was shot and killed by his stepfather in front of him in front of their Desert Hot Springs, Calif. Home, when he was to years old. Today, both Lori Haas and Weingart are active in the gun violence prevention community; she serves as Virginia state director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and he is founder and chair of Project End Gun Violence.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Miller spoke at a rally organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a radical pro-gun group that embraces the use of political violence, having stated that “there’s the ‘cold, dead fingers’ option” if the organization’s political activism is unsuccessful. At the rally, Miller told attendees that the District of Columbia “is not part of America, because they don’t recognize the Second Amendment.” She further told attendees that she is “part of this fight that we’re all in.”
In its Code of Ethics, the Society of Professional Journalists states that journalists should “act independently” by avoiding “conflicts of interest, real or perceived” and “political…activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality.”
Ladd Everitt, communications director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said, “By the standards of her profession, Emily Miller has no business calling herself a journalist. Miller’s crusade against popular gun laws has been a professional one since the beginning. At this point, area residents can have no reasonable expectation that she will provide objective, impartial coverage on matters of concern to them. If Miller wishes to behave like a pundit and activist, then WTTG should replace her with an actual reporter.”
The full text of the petition can be found online at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’ website.