Larry Conners: After KMOV-TV Firing, Former Anchor's Lawyers Consider Lawsuit

May 24, 2013 at 11:35 am
Larry Conners. - via
Larry Conners.

Attorneys for fired news anchor Larry Conners are considering taking legal action against KMOV-TV, which announced this week that it was terminating the veteran newsman over his controversial comments about the IRS.

"It is possible that we may institute legal action relating to the termination of Mr. Conners' employment," his attorney Merle Silverstein writes in a letter to KMOV president Mark Pimentel. "We therefore request that you carefully preserve and not destroy any and all papers, records, and documents relating to Mr. Conners' employment and termination..."

Silverstein tells Daily RFT this morning that he is considering potential legal action, which could involve a complaint with the Missouri Human Rights Commission. His full letter is on view below.

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For now, Silverstein says he doesn't have any more details to offer.

We left Pimentel a message this morning as well and will update if we hear back.

This is the latest development in a St. Louis media story that has now received national attention. Conners made quite a splash last week when he pondered in a Facebook post whether the IRS had targeted him in response to his tough interview with President Obama in 2012.

Larry Conners. - via Facebook
via Facebook
Larry Conners.

He later read an on-air statement admitting he had issues with the IRS several years prior -- though Conners told us in an interview yesterday that he was forced to read that "misleading" statement and says that his problems with the IRS clearly intensified after the April 2012 Obama segment.

The stated reason for his firing -- just a few days after he was "temporarily" off air -- is that he violated the station's standards by "taking a personal political position" on his Facebook page.

Conners says he was just raising the question.

Now, his attorneys are advising KMOV to maintain a wide range of records that "could be relevant to a possible legal action."

When we asked Conners yesterday if he was considering some sort of lawsuit, he said his attorneys were discussing the matter -- but added that he did disagree with the official premise for his termination.

He told us he denies wholeheartedly that his Facebook post compromised his integrity and credibility as a journalist.

Check out our full interview with Conners here and our original coverage of his termination and interview with the station's president here. And you can read his Facebook post here.

Here's the full letter from Silverstein:

Merle Silverstein to KMOV

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