Judgement may sometimes come tardy in the tv news business, but when it arrives, it is swift and ruthless.
Dray Clark, a reporter and anchor with NBC-owned WCAU in Philadelphia for the past two years, was arrested on two separate occasions last week on charges of domestic abuse, but it wasn’t until after the second incident that the station reacted.
“Station management learned today that Dray Clark was arrested in both domestic violence-related cases. We take these allegations very seriously,” WCAU officials said in a Friday afternoon statement. “Effective immediately, Dray will be off the air pending the station’s investigation.”
In that second incident, Aigner Cleveland, press secretary for Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland went to Clark’s home about 11 p.m. Thursday to “attempt to rectify” a prior domestic-related assault that occurred in New Castle County, Del., for which Clark also was arrested, according to the Chester police affidavit of probable cause.
Now, not only is he off the air, his station bio has been removed.
When that happens, it is rarely restored.
TV management, when it finally acts, is swift, ruthless and has no concern for due process.