Fearing for her career - and to prepare for any necessary legal action she may have to face - Jacqui began recording all interactions with her management related to the issue. It is legal for us to share these conversations with you due to Tennessee's 'one-party consent' law.

WUTC Staff met
to discuss the issue:

This whole thing just makes me think. There... this is a conflict of interest for them [the university] to have this station. When they are taking $50 million dollars from the state and somebody is holding it over their head and blackmailing them. They might as well— let’s just buy it [the station].
— Mary Ollie Newman, WUTC Director of Underwriting and Development, in a conversation with WUTC Staff
 
 

After meeting with the lawmakers,

UTC ADMinistrATORS
FIRED JACQUI HELBERT
AND FORCED WUTC
TO CENSOR THE STORY
BY REMOVING IT
FROM THEIR WEBSITE.

Serious questions have been raised about whether university officials were pressured to take those actions by state lawmakers — who could cut state funding to the school and WUTC.

Her editors did not view the story [about the lawmakers] as fatally flawed — she had not hidden her equipment or misled anyone. They say they would not have removed it from WUTC’s website if they had not been ordered to do so. Removing a story – except in the most extreme circumstances — is a breach of the standards practiced by NPR and other credible news organizations.
— Statement by Senior NPR Officials, Washington, D.C.

 

a LAWSUIT was FILED
ON JACQUI'S BEHALF
MARCH 30TH by
attorney Justin Gilbert.