Forbes Journalist Fired After Reporting the Truth About Cliven Bundy
Vickery is not just a friend of Habitat for Horses, her reporting has made her a friend to all horses and horse lovers. Keep writing the truth Vickery ~ HfH
By: Bill Berkowitz
Vickery Eckhoff wrote on her blog that writing the Bundy exposé and her later unceremonious sacking were no coincidence.
Fallout from the Cliven Bundy affair continues to reverberate in a myriad of ways: Right-wing talk shows hosts have retreated; paranoid rumors appear to be tearing apart the antigovernment militia folk still hanging out at the Bundy ranch; and a well-respected reporter has been unexpectedly and inexplicably dropped by a mainstream outlet. After writing a piece titled “Federal Grazing Program in Bundy Dispute Rips Off Taxpayers, Wild Horses,” which appeared on the Forbes website, journalist Vickery Eckhoff was cut loose from her writing gig with the magazine.
In a blog entry headlined “ Cliven Bundy Ended My Forbes Gig,” Eckhoff writes that while she’s “not quite sure why” she was let go, she assumes that it was no coincidence that she was dumped some 10 hours after the piece appeared on the Forbes website.
Eckhoff notes: “A few people have suggested it may be on account of Steve Forbes keeping cattle on his New Jersey estate to reduce his property taxes. Others have mentioned Forbes’ partnership with Fox News.”
Why the editors at Forbes decided she was no longer wanted as a contributor is a mystery. Some of her previous articles included: “Is Your K-Y Jelly Cruelty-Free? Do You Care?”; “Racing Industry Silent About Slaughtered Thoroughbreds”; and “WSJ Serves Up Tainted Journalism On Horse Slaughter Plate.”
Eckhoff’s work appears in a number of major media outlets. Some of the topics she covers are, as she describes, “the horse industry, particularly racing, breeding, responsible ownership and the political and industry forces that are working to open horse slaughterhouses again in the US.”
Eckhoff’s firing came the night before she was scheduled to speak at the American Equine Summit. (The topic of her presentation was titled “Disinformation in the Media”— it can be seen here.)