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Make sure that popcorn is “air-popped”

Because you may need it as you watch this unfold.

The reporter and the photographer responsible for misquoting Tyrone West’s sister, Tawanda Jones, at a protest rally in Washington, D.C., reporting she and others chanted “kill a cop,” have been let go by Fox 45…

But it seems there has been further fallout, as reporter Melinda Roeder and cameraman Greg McNair have been released, and news director Mike Tomko and a producer who expressed his discomfort with the story have been suspended one and two days, respectively.

An insider told FTVLive Tomko was the one who pushed doing the story. “It was found by him, assigned by him and ultimately proofed by him,” the source said.

Now a person familiar with the situation tells City Paper the news director is losing control of the newsroom, with photographers threatening to stage a “sick out.”

“The reporters and photogs believe Tomko sacrificed two little people to save himself,” the source says.

Both Roeder and McNair are “lawyering up,” the source also says.

Lawyer up, people!

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