Sunday, November 19, 2006

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Does Anderson Cooper have a "morals clause" in his CNN contract?

Roanoke TV station fires meteorologist over MySpace photo

ROANOKE -- A WSLS-TV meteorologist was fired because his nude photo was posted on the popular website MySpace.

The NBC affiliate dismissed Jamey Singleton on Thursday after the photo appeared on

The station's interim general manager, Shane Moreland, said in a statement that Singleton broke the morals clause of his contract, which stipulates that he must not be involved in anything deemed "offensive or out of line with community standards."

"What shocks and what offends -- that's really up to them," Singleton, 28, told The Roanoke Times. "I can't blame them if . . . after everything that's happened, they said, 'That's the straw that broke the camel's back.'"

According to Singleton, the picture was taken as a joke a few months ago at a friend's home, where he was getting ready for work.

After going through treatment for heroin addiction he stopped hanging out with some friends, including the one who posted the photo on MySpace on Tuesday, Singleton said. When Singleton heard about the picture, he notified MySpace and the picture was removed within an hour.

However, the photo was e-mailed to several of Singleton's co-workers and to Moreland, Singleton said.

WSLS is owned by Media General Inc., which also owns the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

4 comentarios:

courtney01 said...
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courtney01 said...

It's a shame he got fired.

Just goes to show that nothing good can ever come of having someone take naked pictures of you. They will always pop up later when you least expect them--and when it's least convenient for you! ;-)

Anonymous said...

It is legal for USA employers to have written verbiage which allows employer to dismiss employee for a multitude of reasons, many implied and none of which require specific accounting to employee until time of dismissal. It's not necessarily fair, and in many instances favors the employer over the employee, but that's the law.
More often than not, a code of conduct is implied, not stated. Journalists and professionals should try to remain off the pages of MySpace regardless of dress or lackthereof. Unfortunately for some, the old sayings "birds of a feather flock together" and "you're judged by the company you keep" can haunt you later.

marie said...

I see London.
I see France.
I see _______ underpants!

This post reminded me of that schoolyard chant except alot of people saw more than Singleton's underwear. LOL!!


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