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A longtime Michigan television meteorologist said he was fired for declining to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Today, it is with a heavy heart, I announce after over 33 years, I am no longer employed at TV6,” former WLUC-TV6 chief meteorologist Karl Bohnak wrote in a Facebook post.
The article goes on to state the following:
Bohnak said that he declined to follow the mandatory vaccination requirements of his station’s corporate owner, Gray Television.
Below is Bohnak’s full statement, as posted on his Facebook page last Wednesday:
Today, it is with a heavy heart, I announce after over 33 years, I am no longer employed at TV6.
I am sad, but, to borrow a quote from a famous ballplayer, “I’m the luckiest man on the face of the earth” because I had a dream as a kid to be a weatherman. That dream came true and to top it off, I got to broadcast weather for one of the most challenging, beautiful spots in the United States. As an added bonus, the people I broadcast to all across Upper Michigan were so kind and encouraging.
Thank you for watching.
I am leaving TV6 because the station’s corporate owner, Gray Television, has mandated vaccination against COVID-19 for anyone entering a property owned by the company. Since I chose not to take one of the shots, I was fired. Many of you have taken one of these injections, and that is absolutely your right. It is also my right to choose the medical options I feel are right for me. I have authority over my body.
I have decided against the vaccine option, first and foremost, because the manufacturers of these injections have absolutely no liability if injury or death occurs after the shot. I asked myself, would I buy brakes for my vehicle if the brake company had no liability if the brakes failed? No! So, I will certainly not allow a medicine in my body from a company that does not stand behind its product.
Now, if the risk of death from COVID would be significant, I might take a chance and get injected. However, for a normally healthy adult not housed in a nursing home or not suffering from serious comorbidities, the chance of surviving COVID is well over 99 percent. I will take the chance and go without a shot. I choose not to risk serious side effects.
The abrogation of our liberty and freedom under the guise of a pandemic is very disturbing to me. Hopefully, whether you lean right or left, you are concerned about what has occurred the last year-and-a-half. I just wanted to go about my business, “live and let live”, and keep my mouth shut. But this act by the federal government through corporate America has brought me to a crossroads. Our way of life, our freedom and liberty, is collapsing before our eyes.
Many of you have served in the U.S. military or you know friends, relatives and family members who have served. It’s a strong tradition here in the U.P. They have served, and some have given their limbs and even their lives to preserve our freedom and liberty. It’s time to wake up to what is occurring here in America and across the world. We are being bludgeoned with fear, I believe, in an effort to control us. Eminent doctors, virologists and epidemiologists who post facts contradicting the “official” accepted narrative regarding COVID are being censored; some are losing their jobs. It’s time to honor those who served. For me, I honor them by saying “Enough! I have the right to choose—we all do. If we do nothing, we will lose that right.
One last thought—a distillation of a portion of Jefferson’s masterpiece, the Declaration of Independence: “When tyranny becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” Those who love America and the freedom and liberty it stands for, must speak up. Hopefully, it’s not too late.
State Rep. Beau LaFave tweeted in outrage, “@GrayTelevision I demand you rescind your policy of firing good employees for no good cause. 33 years of making you money, and you unceremoniously fire and throw out Karl Bohnak on a Tuesday night? Disgraceful. #IStandWithKarl.”
@GrayTelevision I demand you rescind your policy of firing good employees for no good cause. 33 years of making you money, and you unceremoniously fire and throw out Karl Bohnak on a Tuesday night? Disgraceful
— Beau M. LaFave (@BeauMattLaFave) September 16, 2021
Upon learning of Bohnak’s firing, many in the community of Iron Mountain, Michigan held a protest and called for a boycott of TV6. A photo of the protest was shared on social media. One sign reads, “I stand with Karl Bohnak. Boycott TV6!”
Another sign reads, “Resist tyranny! Choose freedom!”
After TV6 fired Karl Bohnak, a beloved weatherman of 30 years, for his choice to not be vaccinated, the people of small UP town, Iron Mt., Michigan protested by the dozens and some called for a boycott of TV6.
The UPLP was on the scene. pic.twitter.com/zHcfviRGQX
— UPLP (@UPLibertarians) September 18, 2021
Hazel Park city council member Luke Londo complained about the community rising up to support Bohnak.
“So the chief meteorologist for @wluctv6, Karl Bohnak, was fired for not receiving the vaccine (as mandated by @GrayTelevision), and instead of retiring gracefully, he went full anti-vax and conspiracist and rural MAGA-loving Upper Michiganders are predictably losing their minds,” he wrote.
So the chief meteorologist for @wluctv6, Karl Bohnak, was fired for not receiving the vaccine (as mandated by @GrayTelevision), and instead of retiring gracefully, he went full anti-vax and conspiracist and rural MAGA-loving Upper Michiganders are predictably losing their minds.
— Luke Londo (@llondo) September 16, 2021
Londo added, “This guy’s basically as famous in the Upper Peninsula as Al Roker (and Al’s been there). People thanking him for his years of service like he’s a decorated veteran and encouraging him to primary a wildly-popular Republican state senator who could run over grandma and still win.”
“All of this for a guy who’s right half the time for a living, and obviously wrong on this. I’ll never understand why people choose the dumbest stuff to be martyrs over.”
All of this for a guy who’s right half the time for a living, and obviously wrong on this.
I’ll never understand why people choose the dumbest stuff to be martyrs over.
— Luke Londo (@llondo) September 16, 2021
— The Hill (@thehill) September 20, 2021
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