Washingtonian

WJLA Never Aired Its Controversial Story About the Man Dragged Off United Flight

Published April 12, 2017

WJLA did not air a story that dug into the legal background of David Dao, the Kentucky doctor dragged off a United Airlines flight Monday. On Tuesday WJLA reporter Lisa Fletcher tweeted a photo of her desk with the caption: “My desk is covered w court & legal docs re troubled past of the doctor pulled off United. Our report 4p @ABC7news.”

WJLA wasn’t the first news organization to look into Dao’s background, but Fletcher’s tweet inspired a strong backlash.

Mitch Jacob, the station’s news director, says it didn’t air the story because the newsroom put it “through the litmus test and there were still some questions that were unanswered.” Twitter, he says, “doesn’t control our editorial process.”

Fletcher deleted her original tweet after it lit up the Internet…read more here.

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