CNN Producer Fired for Personal Blog

Filed as News on February 19, 2008 10:14 am

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Media companies love to appear as if they are embracing new media. However, comments are often moderated and edited, podcasts are one-way streets and YouTube sharing is always disabled.

It’s sorta like when your friend’s mom, even though she’s 50, is trying to be cool. The end result is always sad.

Citing that their employee handbook prohibits writing for other entities without approval, CNN has axed Emmy-award winning producer, Chez Pazienza, formerly of American Morning.

The blog under fire is Deus Ex Malcontent; With a single paragraph being cited by CNN for a TOS violation.

I wake up every morning baffled as to why America hasn’t deported George Bush and Dick Cheney, Hollywood hasn’t stopped trying to convince me that Sarah Jessica Parker is attractive, gullible soccer moms haven’t realized that they share absolutely no kinship with Oprah, and Fox canceled Firefly.

Read more about Chez’s rapid dismissal here.

Now might be a good time to break out those employee handbooks. Because in reality, mainstream media will never truly embrace Web 2.0. Not when the power of one has the ability to put egg on their faces.

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  1. By Damien Franco posted on February 19, 2008 at 12:13 pm
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    An absolute discrace that the “big media” is so prone to hush someone like that. There isn’t much that is fair and balanced anymore is there?

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  2. By armand cagadalis posted on June 11, 2009 at 12:49 pm
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    CNN is unfair period. If CNN dismissed an employee who was dying of brain tumor, what else can CNN do to employees?. CNN is unfair to labor, unfair to people with disabilities in the company, unfair to hispanic journalists and more.

    See the following about CNN:

    CNN: MISTREATMENT AND DEATH OF EMPLOYEES

    Salvadoran journalist Mario Vela passes away 12 days after being dismissed by CNN. The organization AGACAMT denounces the hostile attitude of CNN towards ill employees. Jose Ramon Cotti, Puerto Rican journalist dismissed by CNN, remains in a hospital after months of pain.

    Atlanta (June 2009). – Salvadoran journalist Mario Vela passed away 12 days after CNN dismissed him. The company fired this worker despite the knowledge of the seriousness of his illness. Mr. Vela had been several months agonizing in Washington after his doctors declared there was no hope to save his life.

    Mario Vela and his family underwent the pressure imposed by CNN in his last days when receiving a document in which their rights of denunciation were questioned and conditioned to the signing of a humiliating severance package.

    CNN served notice to Mr. Vela via mail explaining that he no longer was to have his disability benefits and the medical insurance from the company.

    Eva Ventín, president of AGACAMT, the Galician Association Against Moral Harassment at the Workplace, denounces the hypocritical attitude of CNN, that, after putting Mr. Vela in the street, sent the Vice-president of CNN Spanish, Cristopher Crommett, to this employee’s funeral to sing a song and to deliver a pitiful donation.

    Relatives and friends of Mario Vela were themselves forced to organize a fundraising concert to collect money to pay for his medical treatment.

    It is difficult to think that a powerful and multi-millionaire company like CNN, that in spite of the world’s economy crisis have announced economic gains, gets to mistreat its professionals and families”.

    Mario Vela who passed away at age 34, was named by the mayor of Washington DC “the journalist of the year of 2007” recognition who was emphasized by his support to the Hispanic community and towards the under-privileged.

    With more than 10 years of experience Mario Vela was news director of Mega Communications and Radio Capital 730 in DC. Vela worked for Channel 30 of Univisión and Radio World in Maryland.

    AGACAMT wants to bring to the world’s attention other serious cases of labor harassment at CNN as in 2003 the local press of Atlanta related this network with the depression of a journalist who committed suicide. (see original editorial of the Mundo Hispanico about former news director Abel Dimant).

    The complaints of labor abuses and irregularities had been communicated to Mr. Jim Walton, the President of CNN, but there are no answers neither solutions that protect the victims.

    AGACAMT denounces that “this it is not the unique case of a journalist dismissed by CNN in a serious condition”. News anchor Jose Ramon Cotti remains in a hospital in Georgia after several months of pain.

    The Puerto Rican journalist also was dismissed by CNN while on disability awaiting a delicate heart operation.

    CNN brought Mr. Cotti and his wife to Atlanta from New York 9 years ago and the company has now totally forgotten this family, not even making a phone call to inquire about its employee’s condition after double bypass surgery and leg amputation and also after Mrs. Cotti’s hospitalization with health problems including stress related condition.

    We communicated Mr. Walton of the above again with no responses. (Also this abuses were reported to Mr. Phil Kent, Mr. Jeff Bewkes and more, and guess what? they don’t care).

    This prestigious New York radio journalist, recipient of Several prizes including two awards from ACE. (Award of creative excellence) is just another one of the numerous victims of the dramatic crisis that shakes CNN.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV_ngsdcwFo

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