ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Larry Conners has been on the air in St. Louis since 1976. He even did a stint here at Channel 2. Conners says he’s still mystified about his firing. He says the next steps are talking to his lawyers and his union.
Conners was fired from KMOV after a Facebook post. In it he asked whether some trouble he’s having with the IRS was made worse by a contentious interview he did with President Obama in April 2012.
“I’m not trying to embarrass the station or cause issues. I’m simply doing what I thought they wanted me to do. They had no problems, they had seen all of these facebook postings I made. I would often ask something like, is it common sense that you would suspend a kid from school if he points his finger at someone and goes bang bang? I questioned those kinds of things all the time.” said former Channel 4 News Anchor Larry Conners.
KMOV television management issued a statement about the dismissal of the longest-serving news anchor currently working in St. Louis, saying, in part, “Larry is certainly entitled to his opinion, but taking a personal political position on one of the station’s facebook pages creates an appearance of bias that is inconsistent with important journalistic standards.”
“I wouldn’t have even brought the subject up if there had not been the so-called rogue agents story going on. Because remember, I had been going through this for months. I never said anything up to that point. It was only based on the news story breaking and I thought, I’m seeing all these cases come up, and they supposedly were going after different groups and individuals. I raised the question to the forum to start conversation.” said Larry Conners.
But channel 4 management notes Conner’s dispute with the IRS had been going on for years before the April, 2012 Obama interview. Conners contends that he was merely raising the question of whether his Obama interview might have led to more IRS scrutiny. he says the next steps will come from his Union and from his attorney.
You can see the full interview with Conners on The Jaco Report at 8:30am Sunday morning on FOX 2.