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Was Texas Journalist Fired For Reporting On New Anti-Abortion Law?

The war on women has now possibly claimed a man as a casualty:

The firing of a Houston radio journalist with a reputation for reporting both sides of issues has stirred questions about whether the reporter was the victim of abortion politics. Scott Braddock, who formerly worked at KRLD in Dallas, was dismissed by the new all-news station KROI in Houston. Braddock’s bosses won’t talk about it. But the Quorum Report notes that Braddock was fired after broadcasting an interview with an Austin woman forced to undergo three sonograms in a single day under the state’s anti-abortion law. She wrote a wrenching account of experience for the Texas Observer. Braddock interviewed her and broadcast it. He subsequently replayed the interview on the local Houston community station. Braddock says he was told the appearance violated his terms of employment and he was terminated.

The Quorum Report says the episode has prompted a flurry of attention on social media over whether management of the all-news station was committed to reporting all sides of the abortion story. Braddock supporters — both for and against abortion rights — say he has a reputation for down-the-middle journalism. Texans for Life president Kyleen Wright vouched for Braddock in a note to the management at KROI, calling him “a rare commodity in broadcasting today” who’s fair to both sides. In an email, Doug Abernethy, the station’s market manager, said: “I am not at liberty to comment on personnel decisions.”


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