Obama's support our troops message and NBC's treatment of real soldiers. Doesn't mesh

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    First let me say that I applaud Obama for his efforts to help our service members return to a respected and normal life, especially in the area of employment for veterans. The only reason I included him in the title was to hopefully get this viewed in the most viewed sub-forum on this site before it is ultimately moved.

    I saw this story tonight on O'reilly and thought this is a terrible way to treat our veterans. For those that dont know The Weather Channel was bought by NBC and her firing was after 7 years of commitment to both TWC and our armed forces. The firing also took place after NBC bought TWC.

    I believe this situation to be outrageous and over the line. As such I believe anyone who feels similar should spend 10 less minutes on this forum sometime in the next few days and email their opinion on this matter to both NBC and anyone else they think would be receptive to this story. This type of treatment must not go unnoticed.


    Weather Channel Anchor Nicole Mitchell Says She Was Fired Over Her Military Service | Video | TheBlaze.com

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    Nicole Mitchell said this week her contract was not renewed in 2010 because Weather Channel management did not want to contend with the time she took off for her military duties, the Marietta Daily Journal reported. She has accused the Weather Channel and its parent companies of violating her rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994.

    Mitchell, who holds the rank of captain, was an on-air meteorologist for the network for seven years. She said the trouble started after the Weather Channel was sold in 2008 to NBC Universal and private equity firms Bain Capital and the Blackstone Group. She told Fox News that management told her she would have to get clearance before taking any Air Force assignments.

    “I was told in an email, ‘before you agree to military duty, you need to clear it through us first,’” Mitchell told Fox. “If you don’t show up for orders, you could be court-martialed.”
    In one instance, Mitchell said, she was reprimanded for choosing her weekend Air Force commitment over a scheduled hair appointment. After missing a separate makeup consultation, she said she was moved from the 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekday anchor shift to a Monday to Friday 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift.According to the Daily Journal, Mitchell was never given a reason for not having her contract renewed.

    “She had stellar evaluations,” Lynn Hogue, a retired Army lawyer, told the newspaper. “What other inference could you possible draw than that the renewal was based on the inconvenience caused by her military service?”

    Mitchell, who started in the Reserves 20 years ago when she graduated from high school, said her suit is not just about herself, but other military members facing discrimination who don’t have the same resources she does.

    “It‘s popular right now to say we support the troops and we’ve got your back, but if you’re going to say it you should mean it,” she said according to WAGA-TV.

    Mitchell’s attorney, Lance LoRusso, has not said how much money his client is seeking but said she is entitled to wages she would have received had her contract been renewed.

    In a statement, the Weather Channel said it couldn’t comment on the pending lawsuit but said it is committed to creating a work atmosphere in compliance with the Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

    “As with many situations, there is more than one version of what occurred,” the statement said. “We disagree with many of the assertions in the plaintiff’s press statements and intend to vigorously defend the matter in the arbitration process.”
     
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    I agree, I'll email NBC; it matters not who owns TWC. Supporting our military personnel isn't accomplished with pins worn, parades attended, and slogans mouthed.
     
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    I think the point of who owns it does matter in the fact that before the sale she conducted both aspects of her life with no problems. The problems only arose after the sale.
     
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    Thank you, I emailed NBC. She is very pretty, at least from her photo; it should dawn on NBC, and other media outlets that skill counts far more than looks in news, weather, science and many other areas of consumer concern. My favorite local weather man, now retired, was no Adonis, but his interest in weather*, and ability to communicate to viewers, was top notch.

    *I've a weather & storm watcher, since childhood.
     
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    26 views and no comment?

    Had I blamed Obama or Bush all of you would have and opinion.
     
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    Thanks Peach. My favorite weather man was Don Harmon here in KC. Sadly he took his life from depression a while back. He was a very funny man and well loved within the community.
     
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    We are engaged in the same Military tactics as the LBJ administration dictated in VietNam. Soldiers and Marines are dying in Afghanistan and the administration pretends that it's Bush's fault.
     
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    That is regrettable. NBC responded to my email, with the usual...."due to the volume of ...."; the email also contained a link for sign up as part of a "viewer panel'. the link did not work. My local electric company sent me a monthly bill recently with a customer service # that was not a 'working number". I will not vote for any candidates that are officers of those corps.*

    *:D This political now.
     
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    One more bump before oblivion. Im surprised at the lack of interest....
     
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    If this is true, then I agree with you guys.

    But we don't know the whole story.
     

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