Ivory Hecker – the former KARE 11 reporter who went viral for claiming during a live local news broadcast that Fox Corp. was "muzzling" her – has been fired.
The Wisconsin native confirmed to both the Daily Beast and the Houston Chronicle that her employer, FOX 26 in Houston, let her go. The firing comes after Hecker, rather than providing the local weather update as she was supposed to do, used her time live on air too claim Fox Corp. was "muzzling" her to "keep certain information" from the viewers.
And as promised, on Tuesday night she released via Project Veritas behind-the-scenes video she had recorded to make her case.
Hecker, it turns out, was bothered in large part by two things.
One, that FOX 26's assistant news director, Lee Meier, often decided against doing stories about Bitcoin during the 5 p.m. newscast. This "editorial choice," Meier said, was because viewership numbers suggested it didn't appeal to the local news station's audience.
"Bitcoin for poor African-American audience at five, it’s probably not going to play," Meier says on the video.
Hecker's second gripe revolved around being told to stop posting about hydroxychloroquine. That's the anti-malaria drug and immunosuppressant touted by then-President Donald Trump and others as a treatment COVID-19, despite the FDA revoking emergency authorization for its usage in such situations, and studies at the time showing no clinical benefit for its use in treating COVID-19.
Hecker, in August of 2020, shared a video clip of an interview with a doctor saying he has used hydroxychloroquine in combination with other drugs to treat COVID, and had seen some patients have success.
In Hecker's conversation with station leadership, she also brought up a doctor who promoted hydroxychloroquine as effective. The same doctor has said alien DNA is used in medical treatments, and claimed some "gynaecological problems" are caused by demonic "spirit husbands" having sex with women while they sleep.
“You need to cease and desist posting about hydroxychloroquine,” FOX 26's news director told Hecker.
The now-former FOX 26 reporter isn't backing down, tweeting Wednesday morning: "It’s not okay to bully a reporter out of covering a newsworthy story. It’s not okay to pressure a reporter out of asking the people’s questions. I’m already hearing from several TV journalists wanting speak" [sic].
FOX 26, in a statement to Bring Me The News, said:
"FOX 26 adheres to the highest editorial standards of accuracy and impartiality. This incident involves nothing more than a disgruntled former employee seeking publicity by promoting a false narrative produced through selective editing and misrepresentation."