Local Fox Reporter: I Got Fired After My On-Air Project Veritas Stunt
Fox 26 Houston General Service reporter Ivory Hecker said Tuesday she was fired after interrupting a live report to accuse her employers of "silencing" her.
Hecker went viral on Monday when she started a live report on the weather by revealing that she had provided the right-wing activist group Project Veritas with secret footage allegedly proving corruption and censorship at its station.
“Before we get into this story, I want you, the audience, to know that Fox Corp. has silenced me to hide certain information from you, the audience, ”said Hecker during the broadcast report on Monday. "And after all I collect, I'm not the only reporter exposed to it."
Earlier on Tuesday, Hecker was informed of her suspension from Fox 26 in a phone call recording made available to Project Veritas, "with immediate effect." And in a phone call to The Daily Beast on Tuesday afternoon, she said she had just been fired from the Fox branch.
"FOX 26 adheres to the highest editorial standards for accuracy and impartiality," a Fox 26 spokesperson told The Daily Beast. "This incident involves nothing more than a disgruntled former employee seeking publicity by promoting a false narrative generated through selective editing and misrepresentation."
Reporter says live on air that Fox Corp. she "muzzle" continues with the weather report
"Since last August, when I realized what they were, I have longed to part with this strange, somewhat deranged company," she said. “The project with Project Veritas doesn't affect what they did. Fox 26 knows I'm fearless. ”She added,“ I'm not interested in working for another company. They all follow the same line. "
Hecker even took a stab at the flagship network of her former employer's parent company: “I would say no to Fox News. They wanted to take me to the network. I got to know a lot of managers there and I don't want to talk to them anymore. It came from one of the top executives there that for my success I just had to be in tune with the narrative. "
Shortly after she made her on-air reveal Monday night, Project Veritas - best known for its "stab" operations against the media and liberal political groups - confirmed that they had interviewed Hecker and that their story would be released on Tuesday night. According to the organization run by James O'Keefe, their story will include a series of covert audio and video recordings made by Hecker.
—Diana Falzone appeared in front of the camera and digital reporter for FoxNews.com from 2012 to 2018. She filed a gender discrimination and disability lawsuit against the network in May 2017 and settled down and left the company in March 2018.
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