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D.C. Anchor Who Threatened Gay Blogger Suspended

D.C. Anchor Who Threatened Gay Blogger Suspended


Doug McKelway, the Washington, D.C., television anchor who last year threatened to punch progressive blogger Mike Rogers over the latter's work to out closeted gay politicians, has been suspended from his job over a separate confrontation with his boss.

According to The Washington Post, McKelway was ordered off the air and suspended indefinitely following a heated exchange with WJLA-TV's manager related to overly partisan remarks the anchor made on air about the Democratic party and the oil industry.

"The episode led to a meeting between McKelway and Bill Lord, WJLA's station manager and news director, that featured sharp exchanges between them, said several newsroom sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak about a personnel issue," the Post reported.

McKelway, 57, anchored the midday newscast and cohosted "Good Morning, Washington" for the station, known as ABC 7.

In an interview with Rogers last year about the film Outrage, McKelway threatened to punch the blogger in the face because of his efforts to out closeted gay politicians. McKelway took exception to the tactics, reports the Post.

"I'd take you outside and give you a punch across the face. . . . I think you're hurting innocent people," said McKelway.

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