|Campaign to get biased, pro-gun reporter off airwaves catches fire
Washington, DC−A reporter who has made a career out of publicly attacking the District of Columbia’s democratically enacted gun laws has no business serving as a “chief investigative reporter” covering the city’s affairs. That’s the message of more than 4,000 supporters of a petition campaign launched earlier this week by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. The campaign is calling on the leadership of WTTG—the FOX affiliate for Washington, D.C.—to fire Emily Miller.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Miller spoke at a rally conducted by the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), a radical pro-gun group that embraces the use of political violence, having stated that “there’s the ‘cold, dead fingers’ option” if their 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 VCDL members 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.”
“By the standards of her profession, Emily Miller has no business calling herself a journalist.” said Ladd Everitt, communications director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “Miller’s crusade against D.C.’s popular, democratically enacted gun laws has been a professional one since the beginning. At this point, the city’s 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 a real journalist.”