To: Daniel J. Schmidt, President & CEO, WTTW and WTTW, board of trustees
Fire Phil Ponce from Chicago Tonight & WTTW
We request WTTW terminate Phil Ponce & hire a host who is both more ethical and able to fulfill his duties without allowing his personal partisanship to cloud his judgment.
Why is this important?
Phil Ponce's question to Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia during the March 31, 2015 debate with Mayor Rahm Emanuel was disrespectful. It did not speak to Garcia's vision for Chicago or his fitness for public office.
Based on Mayor Emanuel's response, the question looked like a set-up. It allowed negative information to be conveyed to the audience & then make Emanuel look like he was taking the high road.
Ponce did not ask about the issues connected to Emanuel's son.
Ponce's personal politics are not a secret. He's a Right leaning authoritarian.
Chicago tonight should hire a host that better fits Chicago. And losing one's job is a consequence of doing one's job unethically.