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Thursday, February 14, 2008

CNN Producer Fired for Blogging

CNN producer Chez Panzienza was fired from CNN for blogging. Keep posted to his blog for more details. He promises to get a post up about it in the next day.

"Chez Pazienza, a producer at CNN assigned to American Morning, was unceremoniously fired from his job today — without severance — over the content of his popular and edgy blog, Deus Ex Malcontent (warning: adult language). He had worked for CNN for four years, beginning as a Senior Producer in Atlanta.[...]

According to Chez, he was terminated for violating network policy by not running what he was writing through their vetting system. So he was fired not for blogging but for the content of his blog. “It’s not that I’ve been writing,” he wrote in an email. “It’s WHAT I’ve been writing.” That may be the official decision, but the truth is he was fired because he had the balls to write about the industry without telling CNN. I would add that there is no mention of his connection to the network on his site, and as a producer, it’s hard to justify the notion that he’s in any way a public figure or publicly connected with the company." (from Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog)

Hat Tip to Further Thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. That is the scariest thing I've heard all week. I don't know any bloggers who run their content through their employer's "vetting" system, do you? Well, I hope he gets headhunted immediately by someone offering a big salary and blog-friendly workplace!


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