Maine TV News Anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio Quit On Air

Bangor news anchors Tony Consiglio, Cindy Michaels

With all the controversy over media bias, it seems two journalists have finally taken a stand -- on air. The longest running news team in Bangor, Maine, resigned at the end of their Tuesday evening broadcast, to the shock of staff and viewers, later telling the Bangor Daily News that management prevented them from running a balanced newsroom.

Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio have been anchors at ABC affiliate WVII and Fox affiliate WFVX in Bangor for six years, but claimed that the owners and managers had been increasingly intervening in their newscasts over the last four, reports the Bangor newspaper.

"It's a culmination of ongoing occurrences that took place the last several years and basically involved upper management practices that we both strongly disagreed with," said Michaels. "It's a little complicated, but we were expected to do somewhat unbalanced news, politically, in general."

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Michaels was also the news director at both WVII and WFVX, overseeing five daily newscasts, and gained some national notice in 2008 due to her striking resemblance to then-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Consiglio was the executive producer for the stations, and previously a sports anchor.

Mike Palmer, WVII/WFVX vice president and general manager, denied their charges. "Upper management is not involved in the daily production of the news. Period," he said.

Palmer sparked a political tiff in 2006 when he was the stations' general manager, for telling his staff that they would no longer report stories on global warming. When "Bar Harbor is underwater, then we can do global warming stories," he wrote in an email obtained by The New York Times. "Until then, no more."

He explained that he placed global warming stories in the same category as "the killer African bee scare" from the 1970s and "the Y2K scare when everyone's computer is going to self-destruct."

Michaels and Consiglio hadn't told anyone about their plans, so that they would be able to do a final broadcast. "We figured if we had tendered our resignations off the air, we would not have been allowed to say goodbye to the community on the air and that was really important for us to do that," Michaels explained to the Daily News.

Neither of them said they were sure if they would be working in broadcasting again anytime soon. "I'm going to pursue a freelance career and concentrate on a novel I'm writing and some painting," Michaels said on-air.

"This is one of the toughest decisions I've ever made. This is my career and I love doing it," Consiglio told the Bangor Daily News. "I'm looking at some options, but whether they're in this industry or not is something I'll find out."


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Wayne Tabb

WAY TO GO! If a bunch of them did this, this would bring down the establishment that's been controlling news for years. My best to both of you, and the Lord will bless your decision.

December 28 2012 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mcjal53

Finally! Ethics rears it's beautiful head. Would that this healthy turn be a contagion of epidemic proportions. CNN,ABC,NBC, PBS, NPR? Any cajones out there.

December 10 2012 at 5:25 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Henry

The "Liberal" Media. LOL!!!

November 30 2012 at 2:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Henry

Hey! Check with Pacifica or Democracy Now, I bet you could get a job there!

November 30 2012 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
finabiscotti

People in the news media - who refuse to involve themselves in PROPOGANDA.

I wish them well!

November 30 2012 at 12:33 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
GB

Hooray for Cindy and Michael. They had the courage to stand up for their convictions. To hell with Mike Palmer and all the rest of the management of this Bangor, Maine, television station. Extremist never survive for long.

November 29 2012 at 10:16 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jay917

Mike Palmer, WVII/WFVX vice president and general manager, denied their charges. "Upper management is not involved in the daily production of the news. Period," he said.

Lies..They need to be involved for LEGAL reasons. All news is slanted in one way or another, except for JON Stewart,, Steven Colbert and Bill Maher as they bring anything that is questionable to task for the humor of the inquisition LOL

November 28 2012 at 3:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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finabiscotti

Good - "jay" for calling-out Mike Palmer!

I am glad these people resigned "on-air".

That was the best surprise for people like Mike Palmer - who thought he had all his anchors under his thumb.

November 30 2012 at 12:35 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Conrad Sr.

THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS SHOWN HOW THE NEWSMEDIA CAN BE MANIPULATED.....UNFORTUNATELY TO THIS COUNTRY AND THE ITS CITIZEN, IT IS DETREMENTAL TO THE FACTS....TRUTH,,,,,
THE MISLEADING OF THE TRUTH AND FACTS OF ISSUES AND EVENTS, IS TANTAMOUNT TO THE EVEL OF THE NAZI PROPOGANDA MACHINE.

IT IS NOT ONLY DETREMENTAL TO THIS COUNTRY, BUT IS ALSO CREATING MISFITS, RADICALS AND MOST OF ALL,,,,,,,,,,DEPENDERS,,,,,,,DEPENDERS ON THE GOVERNMENT FOR THEIR LIVELYHOOD AND MOST OF ALL, AT THE EXPENSE AT THE HARD WORKING PEOPLE,,,,,,,

November 27 2012 at 9:28 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Conrad Sr.'s comment
Go, Wolf-Spider!

That's true, but you don't have to shout it.

Wolf-Spider

November 28 2012 at 1:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jay917

The main reason people are as you call them dependers is relatively simple..Lack of a business rejimen that instills OJT, livable wages, and at the PRESENT moment, LACK of any type of work at all.

November 28 2012 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hjeffr3855

God Bless Them for standing up for what they believe. I am sure no other news reporters would have the guts

November 27 2012 at 9:19 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
joe

They would have done better by tendering their resignation on air instead of making that their final broadcast. Thus maintaining their integrity.

November 27 2012 at 7:35 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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