BREAKING: KMOV's Larry Conners ousted after Facebook comments

Ousted after FB comments regarding
the IRS and their "hammering" of him
following a 2012 interview with
President Barack Obama.
Former anchor said IRS "started hammering" him after interview with President Obama, when the truth was a little different

UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: There is now a full interview with Larry Conners at KMOX's website.  Click here to listen to that.

PREVIOUSLY: On Wednesday afternoon, KMOV anchor/reporter Larry Conners called the KMOX (1120 AM) newsroom in St. Louis to inform the radio station that he had been terminated from his job at the Belo-owned CBS TV affiliate.

While he informed the radio station of his dismissal, he did not give an official interview.

Conners' termination comes just days after he was suspended for making comments on his station Facebook page about the IRS and how he believed his troubles with the government agency were tied to an April 2012 interview that Conners did with President Obama.  (Conners later explained that he and his wife did have tax problems for several years before the 2012 interview.)

Here is a statement issued by KMOV's president and general manager Mark Pimentel on Conners' termination:
"We regret to announce that Larry Conners is no longer a KMOV news reporter. Larry was a valued member of KMOV for a long time, and we will miss him. 
"For KMOV, there is no higher cause than unbiased, objective news reporting. It is what our viewers expect and it is what we work very hard to deliver. We can accept no less. Larry is certainly entitled to his opinion, but taking a personal political position on one of the Station’s Facebook pages creates an appearance of bias that is inconsistent with important journalistic standards. Larry’s departure has nothing to do with the particular position he took, but it does have to do with our belief that his actions made it impossible for him to report for KMOV on certain political matters going forward without at least an appearance of bias. Bringing you accurate and unbiased reporting is the reason we exist."

EDITOR'S NOTE:  KMOV is seen on air and cable in the NW corner of the Tri-State. 


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