KMOV's Larry Conners Off Air After IRS Comments, Lawyer Says Not Allowed To Talk

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Larry Conners.
On Tuesday we reported on KMOV-TV (Channel 4) anchor Larry Conners' controversial comments on his Facebook page pondering whether the IRS was targeting him in response to a critical interview he did with President Obama. Later that night -- after getting national attention for his comments -- he issued a short on-air statement admitting that he had issues with the IRS for several years prior to the Obama interview and saying his views were his own.

Now he is temporarily off the air. KMOV officials and Conners' attorney say it's not a suspension.

"He's dying to talk to everybody," Conners' attorney Merle Silverstein tells Daily RFT, "but until he gets released from this order of the station, he is barred from making any comment."

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Silverstein says Conners is not suspended, he's just temporarily off the air.

"He and I have been barred from making any comment," Silverstein reiterates.

Silverstein sent inquiring reporters a very brief letter making this clear, saying, "As the attorney for Larry Conners, I am constrained to advise you that he is barred by corporate from making statements, posting on Facebook, or participating in interviews on the IRS issue. That is the only reason for his silence."

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Larry Conners.

But Mark Pimentel, the station's president and general manager, tells Daily RFT, "He certainly is free to speak to the press. He's always free to speak to the press."

Pimentel says there are certain areas where the station has advised Conners it'd be best not to speak out, but says, "That's between us and Larry."

Conners' brief comments on-air about the IRS Facebook post.

Pimentel says that he has been out of town and plans on meeting with Conners next week.

He also confirms that Conners is not suspended and is just temporarily off air -- and doesn't offer any details about when he might be returning.

Pimentel declined to comment on the original IRS comments that sparked this debate.

KMOV's news director Sean McLaughlin (who did not respond to Daily RFT's request for comment) tells the Post-Dispatch, "He's not suspended. We just all thought it made sense (for him) to take a few days off."

Here's a copy of Silverstein's letter.

Merle Silverstein RE Larry Conners

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Bill Hughes
Bill Hughes

Why not come and kill me?: 1401 E. Janss Road. This president is a neo-Nazi in sheep's clothing, and you got a ride to Texas so I can claim my OIL company? Didn't think so. Face Book Jew? See y'all in court! Who shot J.R. Tori?

sccmstl
sccmstl

Like most all local news readers, Connors manifests an ego way out of proportion with their actual importance in life.  His "hard hitting" interview with President Obama consisted of questions the President had already been asked, many times.  The St. Louis coverage area of Channel 4 is that of a "backwater", and thus Conners (or Channel 4) has little or no impact.  Why in the world would the IRS care anything about what Larry Conners asked President Obama?  Or said about President Obama?

Larry Conners is simply important only to Larry Conners.  Professionally, R.I.P. 

Ron Lane
Ron Lane

I guarantee his IQ level and intelligence is light years ahead of yours.

Ron Lane
Ron Lane

Well, I apologize to u for thinking that u were a Obama-hater. I gathered that u were a Conservative from your statement, that this was a non-story. I still think that this is a story though, because it brings to light the outright hatred that these Conservatives show in making our POTUS look bad at every turn.

Robin Gray
Robin Gray

Ummm, no, Ron, I'm a bleeding liberal. It's Mr. Conners who is a republican and was using this to make the prez look bad. The RFT asked the question if we thought he IRS targeted Conners because of his interview, which intelligent people know is not true. I'm against this perpetuation that Obama had the IRS target the man for his tough interview questions. Don't believe everything you think, Mr.Lane...

Ron Lane
Ron Lane

Larry Conners is a Conservative pundit for Rush Limbaugh and the other tea party crackpots out there. I have lost total respect for him and it may be the reason that KMOV has diminished his job responsibilities and he is seen less and less.

Ron Lane
Ron Lane

Racist & complete idiot! The world would be better off w/out people like you!

Ron Lane
Ron Lane

Wow, why doesnt Mr. Conners take accountability of paying his taxes. He should release an account of his taxes for the past couple of years!

Ron Lane
Ron Lane

No, Robin, it is a story because of his, yours, and others' total hatred of President Obama and your attempt to tie every little government incident to the top when it is really tied to those individuals. Ironically, his approval rating went up over last week & the majority of Americans see what Conservatives like yourself, Mr. Conners, and others are up to. If it wasnt a story, why did Mr Conners make it a story?

Ron Lane
Ron Lane

Totally agree and I basically said as much last week. This is all coming from his and others' outrageous hatred of President Obama. I have lost total respect for Mr. Conners.

John Shetterly
John Shetterly

Larry needs to pay his taxes & keep his mouth shut, I four team needs to send Larry to ch 30 or 11

Bill Hughes
Bill Hughes

Witch hunt! Big lousy Negro POTUS. Out with him!

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

more like larry has shady business investments he hasnt been paying taxes on like that claire mccrackskull..And he chooses to blame OBAMA like all the other racist retards

Valerie Perrotta Klipfel
Valerie Perrotta Klipfel

It was his opinion at the time, and he is entitled to forming any conclusion he sees fitting. It is not an issue to the rest of us. He's a good announcer and part of the community for a long time.

James Skaggs
James Skaggs

LOL! I love the comments on here about blaming others and not taking personal accountability! Obama and the Dems have never done that! (How long has Bush been out of office?)

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Well, if he's been dealing with the IRS making payments or whatever and then they really cracked down after the interview sure why not? Are they above it? The IRS bent me over and tried to make a baby over 2k in back taxes, they emptied my bank account. They don't mess around. That 2k started as 600$, their interest and penalties are a mother..

Scott Campbell
Scott Campbell

I think Larry's been tazed too many times to garner attention with That anymore, so then...

Robin Gray
Robin Gray

This is such a non story. He already admitted they were investigating him for years before the interview...

Lauren M Brace
Lauren M Brace

No, you have to have your head so far up your ass you can't see straight to believe that. No one cares who you are, Larry.

Manju Pandey Owoso
Manju Pandey Owoso

IRS knew 4 years earlier that Larry would go after Obama 4 years later. Just pay your taxes Larry like everybody else. Blaming others won't solve your problems.

Michael McGowen
Michael McGowen

yeah...I think it's as likely as my being born on mars...

Paul Hibbard
Paul Hibbard

No of course not. Doesn't the fact he admits he's had problems with them for years answer that question. Jesus, just pay your taxes on time you old bastard.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

No one cares and least of all people of real influence and popularity like Kim kardashian and POTUS.

Thomas Doyle
Thomas Doyle

Yes.,but dont worry.they will leave you alone as you dont have the guts to challenge Obamo as Larry did.He was a real journalist that day.

MikeRoss
MikeRoss

I find this entire situation with Larry Connors to be unfortunate and upsetting, because I have always respected and trusted Larry, and I have always found his delivery to be straightforward, articulate and professional. I try to watch him whenever possible. I consider him to be the most talented newscaster in the Saint Louis region, at par with those anchors found in LA, Chicago and New York, Atlanta and Denver.  He displays a quiet humility, and he really has no reason to be humble. He is a class act, but one who made a  mistake. And maybe we're making this mistake out to be bigger than it really is!  We all do stupid things. Hell, our former president was forgiven when his girl friend performed oral sex on him in the Oval office. Surely Channel 4 and his viewers can forgive Larry for making a really dumb error. Jesus Christ was perfect. He lives among us. But not "in" any one of us all the time. Larry, maybe you need to spend a few more hours in church each month! Hope to see you back, Larry.

Michael McGowen
Michael McGowen

Hmmm...Larry Conners being a paranoid wingnut?...interesting

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Sure, Larry should have kept his mouth shut. Reporters report the news. They do not become the news. Even if they are, they allow others to interview them to get the story. Larry should have known better. WWWCD? What Would Walter Cronkrite Do?

Angie Maniaci
Angie Maniaci

That is bullshit. He's a citizen and he has every right to speak about whatever he wants off air.

Keith Siatkowski
Keith Siatkowski

This has nothing to do with the wealthy being audited. People and groups were being audited because they were flagged as conservative leaning. That is frightening shit.

Patty Lager
Patty Lager

and you know this how??? here is a list of money stolen from me: Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax Capital Gains Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Court Fines (indirect taxes) Dog License Tax Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel permit tax Gasoline Tax Gift Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax) IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Local Income Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Payroll Taxes Property Tax Real Estate Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Road Toll Booth Taxes Road Usage Taxes (Truckers) Sales Taxes School Tax Septic Permit Tax Service Charge Taxes Social Security Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone federal excise tax Telephone federal universal service fee tax Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax Telephone state and local tax Telephone usage charge tax Toll Bridge Taxes Toll Tunnel Taxes Traffic Fines (indirect taxation) Trailer registration tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax

Greg Snyders
Greg Snyders

KMOV is a shill for the Obama administration and is just sucking up by putting Larry off air. I am so glad that I don't wast my time watching the extreamly far right progressive news organization KMOV. I have met Larry and he is a very carring and giving person.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Yes bc firefighters pay themselves eh'?

Patty Lager
Patty Lager

I don't know Larry, but anyone who exposes the thugs at the IRS is a hero to me. Taxation is theft.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

I dog character, not demographics, unlike your sewage spewing brain.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Nope, just douchecanoes as thou... As well as your flavor of hate for the week Larry, I prop your mother up all the time, son.

Patty Lager
Patty Lager

I don't want to be killed, so I give the thugs from the government half my paycheck every year. The government is worse than the mafia. Please watch this video. Stefan Molyneux addresses the commonly held "freeloading" worry that the government indoctrinates in us: http://youtu.be/VDVNL0VyaEI

Bill Hughes
Bill Hughes

Tom FINKel? not allowed to talk, and I've noted his voice mail was full. Oh Pammy!

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

^ seems like you spend A LOT of time putting other people down.

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