Former WWJ-TV meteorologist April Moss explains, if that's the right word, her crusade against mandatory workplace Covid tests, masks and pro-vaccine coverage -- rigidity that ended a nine-year job this week.
"This issue is not just about me. I'm watching our whole nation suffer ... under these policies that are enacted by corporations," Moss says in a 21-minute video (below) from Project Veritas, a conservative activist group that "has propagated disinformation and conspiracy theories," according to Wikipedia.
The Metro Detroit weathercaster was fired by the CBS affiliate after she went off-script Sunday night to say she'd "be sitting down this week with Project Veritas to discuss the discrimination that CBS is enforcing upon its employees."
WWJ says it "allowed April to perform her weather anchor duties from home as we explored her concerns" about Covid testing and mask wearing. She's dismissed because "employees ... are not entitled to use our station news broadcasts as a platform for sharing personal views." Employers can legally mandate Covid tests.
A taped call between Moss and a station executive Sunday night or Monday is in Project Veritas' video. The presentation is mostly an edited conversation between her and the New York group's 2010 founder, James O'Keefe, characterized by Wikipedia as a "conservative political activist and provocateur."
The Detroit broadcaster is labeled "brave insider April Moss" in some frames and a "Support April" chyron caption gives the web address of a personal fund drive that raises $95,000 already.
She calls her stance "a human rights issue" and accuses her ex-employer of using the "power of all of [the] ViacomCBS brand to legitimize the Covid-19 vaccine." The Central Michigan University alumna ('05) says the network pressed unvaccinated staffers to change their minds through company-wide messages and emails.
The mother of four says a work-from-home policy for not disclosing her Covid test results was "setting a standard within the workplace of segregating co-workers. I should not be discriminated against."
This is shared from her phone conversation with an unnamed station manager after the Fathers Day bombshell between forecast details:
Male executive: "Why would you do that? You know, basically, that's the most selfish thing I've ever seen."
Moss: "I was hoping there would be a change, because ..."
Exec: "So you're going to go on the air and say that you think they [network leaders] are going to say, 'Oh, you know what, she's right, we're going to go ahead and change that now because she said it on the air.' You really thought that? The only change is going to be on our weekend weather person, that's the only change."
More comments by Moss, 38, in the video:
► Mask requirement: "This is a human rights issue and every American and every person on Earth has the right to breathe fresh air, and to segregate somebody is completely inhumane."
► Encouraging viewers to get shots: "I don't think this is journalism at all. This is propaganda being pushed on people. ... No longer is true journalism being executed anymore. … It is one of the greatest crimes really in history right now. Because if we are shaping the American public's mind, then we need to be seeking truth."
► Speaking out publicly: "I'm watching my country disintegrate, and if I don't stand up and do something when I'm able to, I just don't know that I could live with myself."
Project Veritas video: