'Newsman' Claims Bill O’Reilly Protest Upset Comcast

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'Newsman' Claims Bill O’Reilly Protest Upset Comcast

Tue Dec 02, 2008 @ 10:26PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

OreilleyDoes Comcast really care about the journalism credibility of Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly?

Yes, says a former host of an entertainment news television show in Boston.

Barry Nolan of "Backstage with Barry Nolan" and formerly of such hard-hitting journalism shows "Extra" and “Hard Copy," is suing Comcast after the cable company's CN8 channel fired him for organizing a public campaign against O’Reilly.

According to the complaint, filed in Massachusetts Superior Court, Nolan was suspended without pay as a result of his decision as a member of the Boston chapter of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to protest the group's bestowment of an award on O'Reilly. The lawsuit offers no motivation for the suspension — just that it was "retaliation for Nolan's exercising his constitutionally protected civil rights."

On suspension, "Extra" requested his services to help out with the story of Ted Kennedy's hospitalization. Nolan says he was given mixed signals from CN8 about whether he should assist. After being told he should, he committed, and after being told he shouldn't, he chose to honor his commitment. A few days later, he was fired from CN8. Nolan says his termination violated his civil rights.

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