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Ever since the 2020 presidential election, many viewers of Fox News have accused the network of censoring certain voices, and now one reporter has promised to show proof.
Ivory Hecker, who works for Fox 26 in Houston, Texas, was set to go live with a weather report on Monday when she dropped the bomb on Fox News Corp.
“Before we get to that story, I want to let you, the viewers, know that Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers,” she said. “And from what I’m gathering, I am not the only reporter being subjected to this.”
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“I am going to be releasing some recordings about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox, because it applies to you, the viewers,” she said. “I found a non-profit journalism group called Project Veritas that is going to help put that out tomorrow, so tune in then.”
She then nonchalantly went on to talk about the heatwave that has been gripping that area of Texas. The two anchors on the show did not address what Hecker had said.
Who is Hecker?
After working as a reporter for the network’s morning show until August 2013, Hecker, who graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University in 2012, moved to WLEX-TV, an NBC affiliate based in Lexington, Kentucky.
Hecker, who was raised in Wisconsin, worked at that network from August 2013 to August 2015 as a reporter on their evening shows, before moving to the NBC affiliated KARE 11 in Minneapolis from September 2015 to 2017 as a reporter and fill-in anchor.
In September 2017, Hecker moved to Houston Fox 26 as a reporter and a fill-in anchor, which is where she is still working today and where she claimed live on air that the network was “muzzling” her.
On her LinkedIn profile, Hecker said that she “discovered her passion for journalism through high school radio speaking competitions,” and wrote that in her free time she “enjoys playing guitar, producing songs she’s written, health, and fitness.”
The reporter has public profiles on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, with a combined following of more than 130,000 on her social media channels.
Hecker said to Newsweek that things changed for her at Fox after she interviewed an unnamed person in 2020.
“They decided they didn’t like what the interview subject had said, and they went on to internally harass and defame me,” she said.
“I knew I was not working for a journalistic organization when I was called into an HR meeting in December and was told to keep my support for free speech and opposition to censorship to myself—that those were not matters to be publicly spoken about.
“True journalism can’t exist in an environment of censorship,” she said. “True journalism needs an environment of free speech.”
This new video by Project Veritas, expected to be published on Tuesday, comes months after an expose they did on CNN that got the attention of Donald Trump.
The 45th President of the United States spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview that aired in April and discussed the Project Veritas video that showed what CNN technical director Charlie Chester said to, who he thought was a date, The Daily Mail reported.
“That is a campaign violation. What they are doing is a massive campaign violation. When you look at what they did,” Trump said.
The video by the investigative reporting group Project Veritas, purports to show a CNN director saying that the network engages in propaganda and was determined to get Donald Trump out of the White House.
“Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out. I am 100% going to say it, and I 100% believe that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out…I came to CNN because I wanted to be a part of that,” CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester said in the video.
And he explained how they did it by highlighting the health of both men, Trump and Joe Biden.
“[Trump’s] hand was shaking or whatever, I think. We brought in so many medical people to tell a story that was all speculation — that he was neurologically damaged, and he was losing it. He’s unfit to — you know, whatever. We were creating a story there that we didn’t know anything about. That’s what — I think that’s propaganda,” Chester said.
“We would always show shots of him [Biden] jogging and that [he’s] healthy, you know, and him in aviator shades. Like you paint him as a young geriatric,” he said.