Doug McKelway, the host of D.C.’s Let’s Talk Live, last year threatened to punch Mike Rogers when he appeared as a guest on McKelway’s television show to defend outing anti-gay politicos. (McKelway then went out of his way to talk about how he wasn’t sorry for the threat.) Turns out McKelway has a bit of an anger problem, not just against professional exposers.
He has an authority problem, too. Fun!
McKelway’s troubles began last month when he covered a Capitol Hill rally during WJLA’s noon newscast. The rally by religious and environmental groups was to protest BP’s response to the gulf oil spill and to advocate for legislation favoring renewable energy sources. According to several of McKelway’s colleagues, the newsman’s reporting may have lapsed into partisan territory when he commented live on the air about the oil industry’s influence in Washington, particularly its contributions to Democratic politicians and legislators.
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 issue wasn’t what he said in the live shot. It was what he said when he was questioned about it by Bill,” said one of McKelway’s colleagues. “The issue is insubordination.”
McKelway’s employment status with WJLA remains in limbo, but really if they were smart they’d give him his own Jerry Springer-style afternoon show. At least during sweeps.