Freelance NBC Photographer Discharged from the Hospital

Freelance NBC Photographer Discharged from the Hospital

Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance Photographer that was working with NBC when he contracted Ebola was discharged from the hospital a shot time ago.

Mukpo released a statement while leaving the hospital. In that statement he praised NBC for their help and compassion. 

"I want to give a special thank you to NBC News, who went above and beyond in the support they gave me throughout my illness. It is a storied news organization that proved to me they understand the value of compassion for their colleagues," he said in the statement.

His full statement is up after the jump. 

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Wichita News Director Gets Son on the Field for the World Series (Updated)

Wichita insiders tell FTVLive that KAKE News Director Michael Sipes and his son were reprimanded by Major League Baseball officials after asking for autographs on the field at last night's World Series game in Kansas City.

Sipes tweeted a picture of him and his son on the field at the game. His son appears to be wearing a press credential in the photo.

No word if other KAKE employees could also take their kids on the field as well. I'm guessing not.

Just saying.... 

Update: Sipes reached out in an email to FTVLive, but said that he did not want his email published (so we won't do that).

He did tell FTVLive that his son was credentialed as a production Assistant. We're guessing his son has never been credentialed as a PA for the City Council meetings. 

WTF?! Station Asks Viewers to "Like" This Car Crash

Earlier Today, FTVLive told you about a KC Reporter that was trolling Twitter for interviews after a school bus crash.

Now, WYFF in Greenville, SC wants you to "Like" are car crash on their Facebook page. 

A teenager died in the crash and the station asked viewers to "Like" the story if they were praying for those involved.

Really? This just seems like all kind of wrong. 

It really has gotten to the point where most TV stations should just give up on social media altogether.

They really, just don't get it.

H/T Kevin Eck @TVSpy

Take a Break from the Game to Look at a Dead Body

Sometimes we think that TV people just need to give up on social media.

The Kansas City Royals were getting their butts kicked in the first game of the World Series, when KCTV sent out a tweet that said: 

"Need a break from the game? Watch our 10 p.m. news for the latest on a body found in the Little Blue River & more."

Because really.... Who wants to watch baseball, when you can get the happy news of a dead body found?

KCTV ended up deleting the tweet and issued an apology:

Then they tried again, with a little more light approach than a dead body:

KC Reporter Trolling Twitter for Interviews

On Monday, a bus carrying members of the Raymore-Peculiar High School (Kansas City) girls volleyball team was involved in the crash with a truck hauling a front-loading vehicle.

It was a very scary moment for the friends and family of the girls that were on the bus.

Key Braun, a classmate of the girls posted a tweet saying that she was praying for her friend Sarah that was on the bus at the time of the crash. 

While Braun was praying that God would answer her prayers, WDAF Reporter Shannon O'Brien also replied.

It has become common for Reporters to troll social media to try and find interviews and while it maybe a sign of the times, it often looks very insensitive.

Jusat saying.... 

Group Says that Sinclair Station Continues to Violate Ads Disclosure Rules

A group is claiming that Sinclairs WJLA is playing fast and loose with the rules when it comes to campaign ads.

The Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause and the Sunlight Foundation filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) alleging violations of long-standing rules and law by WJLA.

The complaint notes that WJLA continues to refuse to disclose the "true identity" of the sponsor of political ads being run by NextGen Climate Action Committee and asks for expedited action given that Election Day is just a few weeks away.

“Despite being warned that it was in violation of the law, WJLA continues to ignore the requirements to disclose on-air the ‘true identity’ of the funders of the political ads that the station is running.  The FCC must hold this station accountable for these knowing and wilful violations,” said Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center Policy Director.  “WJLA is more than happy to receive top dollar to air these ads, but they do a great disservice to their viewers by refusing to reveal the donor behind them when his name is readily available and has even been provided to them by our organizations.  This is not ‘seven on your side;’ it’s ‘seven on the billionaires side.’” 

The groups filed a similar complaint earlier this month noting that WJLA was running ads with the on-air sponsorship disclaimer identifying the sponsor as "NextGen Climate Action Committee."  As the earlier "application for review" pointed out, substantial evidence showed that Tom Steyer has provided almost all of the funding for this organization, yet he was not identified on-air as the true sponsor of the commercials.

WJLA filed an opposition in response to the earlier complaint and has not yet responded to this new complaint filed. 

CNN Host Wife Takes Selfies while Staffers are Being "Reshaped"

CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter has described the layoffs happening at CNN a "reshaping" of the network.

Word is that while people were packing up their desk after being "reshaped" out of a job, Stelter and his wife Jamie were in the back hallway leading to the control room snapping photos of Jamie in front a poster of Brian. 

"It was an obnoxious thing to do with a few people packing up their belongings around her", said one CNN staffer to FTVLive. 

The Daily Caller writes: Not sure what’s weirder — Stelter’s wife taking a selfie in front of her husband’s CNN poster or Brian Stelter allegedly snapping pictures of her taking a photo of herself in front of his gigantic picture.

Anyone else notice that Brian's picture is sitting right next to Fareed Zakaria's?

That is capital "I" Irony.

Just saying.... 

Early Birds Miss Their Robin

Starting off the day without HLN's Robin Meade is like starting off with no sunshine.

Meade took to Twitter to take a veiled shot at Dish Network that has dropped HLN (and other Turner networks) off their satellite in another retrans dispute. 

While many viewers were upset that they could not watch their favorite morning anchor, one viewer who was the first to respond to Meade's tweet had a much more important question:

NBC Photographer is Ebola Free

Some good news to report, Ashoka Mukpo, the freelance NBC cameraman who contracted ebola while working for NBC News has been declared Ebola-free.

Mukpo has been tested 3 times for the virus and all three tests came up negative. 

Yesterday he took to Twitter to say that he has no clue how he got the virus and also showed his support for quarantine breaking Dr. Nancy Snyderman. 

NBC and Synderman are battling credibility issues after Synderman broke a voluntary quarantine and was ordered under a mandatory one. 

Many felt that Synderman put the public at risk when she decided to head out to a local restaurant, while she was supposed to be quarantined.

NBC has not commented on their Medical Correspondent and what her future holds at the network. 

The Ebola TV Hostage Crisis Could Be Nearing an End

It might soon be safe to turn on your TV once again.....

Last night, NBC Nightly News decided to lead with something else than Ebola. 

Ebola was not gone from BriWi's newscast, but it was moved down to the second story in after the news on ISIS. The TV ebola hostage crisis is not over, but there maybe a light at the end of the tunnel. 

CNN continued to make ebola a prominent point in their day's coverage, but this is the same network that went weeks with the missing plane, even when there was no news to report.

Fox News seemed to back off a bit on their all ebola all the time coverage as well. Yet they still seem to be hell bent on blaming President Obama for the whole thing.

Up until last night, NBC Nightly was leading the newscast with 3 or 4 stories straight on ebola. They are the only network that imported ebola into the United States (yet they haven't promo that fact yet).

Just a few days ago, news divisions had viewers believing that it wasn't a question of if we would all die from ebola, but more likely when we would all die. 

But, now it seems that the TV networks are growing bored with ebola and will soon be moving onto the next thing, which more than likely will be the elections. 

Ebola seems to be going the way of all the other things TV news said was going to kill us i.e West Nile virus, bird flu, SARS.

It shouldn't be long before the next thing to kill you will be coming along soon. The November book is about to get under way.

Stay tuned......