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Posted on 06/15/2012 11:29:38 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
BILL O'REILLY, HOST: And in the "Impact Segment" tonight a lawsuit filed against the Weather Channel. Nicole Mitchell worked there for nearly seven years forecasting the weather. But in 2010 her contract was not renewed.
Ms. Mitchell says that when the Weather Channel was sold in 2008 to NBC, the management began to question her status as a Captain in the Air Force Reserves. She believes her military position was a factor in her firing.
She joins us now from Burbank, California. How you can possibly prove that Captain?
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She needs to contact John Odom in Shreveport, LA. Best USERRA lawyer out there. Retired Air Force Reserve JAG.
Fox News needs to hire her QUICK!
She do fit da profile, don’t she?
They cannot LEGALLY say that the contract wasn’t renewed due to her US Reserves status; however they can ‘manufacture’ practically any reason they like.
They don’t like her fashion sense, her shoes are too big, they are seeking to appeal to a demographic with a different hair style/color/length.
One of the ‘real’ problems with a job like hers, is that there are several times when she is obligated to serve; and the Weather show must go on. So, the station is going to manufacture a “Legal” reason to do this; unless they were foolish enough to send her an email complaining about her absence during Reserve Duty.
It looks like she has her ducks in a row with timelines and e-mails. I wouldn’t be surprised if the base JAG hadn’t given her advice on what would be needed if she had to file a suit.
Military women are awesome. My cousin is former Air Force MP, and she’s hard as stone. I would not want to be engaged in a physical confrontation with her.
***the Weather Channel was sold in 2008 to NBC,***
And it has gone downhill ever since. NBC has tried to turn it into an Entertainment channel with some weather between shows.
She's definitely not guilty...
I’d give her a raise...
I feel a raise coming on myself.
What a honey. (The slightly off-color military jokes write themselves — I just deleted one!)
When they killed local weather and radar on *The 8's* for their attempted entertainment crap, that was it for me.
She can order me around any day.
Ms Mitchell also likes leather and wears it well. Just sayin’.
My captain never looked that good.
I'd take orders from her anyday!
She certainly looks like a natural for Fox.
There are laws about terminating reservists and active duty military. There are specific procedures that must be followed.
I suspect she’ll win a settlement and then move on to her next career. Somebody is bound to hire her with that background.
Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdock are you listening???!!!
It sounded to me as if O’Reilly was not so succinctly suggesting the Captain should apply for a weather babe job at Fox so he can personally check out her approaching “front” and her peaks, valley and troughs on her personal meteorological map, so to speak.
Actually, O’Reilly’s staff or the blowhard himself missed a major point in this. Cpt. Mitchell was, maybe still is, a meteorologist for the Air Force. A number of her missions were aboard the Hurricane Tracker aircraft based out of Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Ms. Many times, Cpt. Mitchell appeared on the Weather Channel while flying in or through hurricanes. Not only did the Weather Channel benefit from Cpt. Mitchell’s position in the Air Force, but they used her position and capitalized upon it by airing story segments on the AF’s hurricane hunting mission. Cpt. Mitchell was featured in these segments. The obvious inference being the Weather Channel had an “inside track” on weather information vital to viewers by virtue of Mitchell’s expertise and position. No doubt the Air Force benefitted as well from a PR point-of-view.
It was not until NBC bought TWC that Mitchell’s bosses began giving her trouble. O’Reilly made the point and Mitchell agreed with this, but what was not stated is the fact that TWC upper management was being filled with NBC entertainment folks. One only has to look at TWC’s current programming to see that weather is no longer the primary product except where hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding can be used to entertain while appearing to inform. TWC has radically cut real weather forecasting and reporting except when it absolutely must. In place of what used to be its primary focus are entertainment shows produced by Al Roker. TWC is being turned into a frivolous “Today” show.
Fortunately, I can call up the military weather radar near my home to see real-time weather in addition to TWC’s “Weather on the 8’s” if I’m near a TV.
I hope Cpt. Mitchell wins her case and takes NBC to the cleaners.
I’d boycott NBC if I had a TV.
“Fox News needs to hire her QUICK!”
She would fit right. She is good looking, smart and would be a great in house asset re news on the weather and the military.
The Fox could cancel their contract with the left wind Weather Channel.
She is probably a conservative and the left wing/pro global warming Weather Channel fired her for not buying into their Gorebal Warming BS.
Boycotted NBC a long time ago.
She was a hell of a rifle and pistol shot too. And very attractive (as was her sister) to boot. And speaking of boots, she could put one to a rowdy's backside, if need be. Those two were something else...sigh.
how about: She didn’t meet the height and weight standards set by the tv station for female anchorettes. aka too small boobs