Reporter Fired For Refusing To, Er, Report

So of course he’s suing:

A former ABC News correspondent accused the network of dropping his contract because he refused to go to Iraq and other war zones, and he sought $4.2 million in lost earnings at an employment tribunal Friday…
While he had frequently covered conflicts, including those in Bosnia and Chechnya, earlier in his career, Gizbert said he became increasingly reluctant to do so as his children grew up.
“A lot of people stop doing it when their kids come along,” he said. “I stopped doing it a little later than that, when my kids started asking me why I was doing it and I really couldn’t come up with a good answer.

Here’s one: it’s your goddammed job. If you don’t want to do your job, then you tend to lose it (note: this does not apply to politics or baseball commissioners).

7 Responses to “Reporter Fired For Refusing To, Er, Report

  1. Mathieu says:

    Not that I think it’s a good thing, but doesn’t that entirely depend on his contract?

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    From what I can gather, he had some sort of a free-lance arrangement, and if he never took up some of the jobs he was offered it ain’t too surprising that they stopped offering. But you are correct in that not know the actual details of his contract I’m merely engaging in scurrilous speculation.
    Which is why it’s fun, naturally.

  3. And from what I understood, they’re not ‘firing’ him, per se; they’re just choosing not to renew his year to year contract.

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    hmm, make that “not knowing” instead of “not know”.
    My gerund is slipping again.

  5. Cullen says:

    That’s just disgusting, Bing. Pick that up.

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    I’m hoping Palmeiro’s “vitamin” stash might have something to help me.

  7. Crusader says:

    Shoot, just look at some of the emails you get daily. I’m sure one has a fix for it Bing.

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