ABC News has suspended veteran reporter/anchor/commentator Carole
Simpson for two weeks following remarks she made to the International
Women’s Media Foundation on Oct. 16 concerning the anthrax attacks on
media targets, USA Today reported today.
the newspaper, Simpson, who is president of the IWMF, said during her
remarks that ABC’s Cokie Roberts had received a letter postmarked
Trenton, NJ at her office in Washington DC.
In fact, USA Today
reported, no such letter existed.
Ironically, Simpson made her
remarks in conjunction with the presentation of her organization’s
Courage in Journalism awards, during which she also warned of the
dangers of self-censorship during the current crisis.