January 27, 2014
(ANTIMEDIA) Phillip Perea, a former promotion producer at Fox News, shot and killed himself out front of the company’s building in Manhattan on Monday morning. The former employee was the victim of highly publicized bullying from management at the company, which ultimately resulted in the loss of his job. It has also been speculated by many that that he was railroaded out of his position because a local police officer was not happy with how a police brutality story was covered.
Over the past several months, Perea has been releasing a series of YouTube videos, which provide extensive details about his time at Fox, and the circumstances leading to his termination.
Perea’s troubles at Fox began in July, when he covered a story about a female jogger named Amanda Jo Stephen who was assaulted by police for jaywalking. Perea posted a picture where the angry officer was standing next to the crying jogger, and apparently Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo ended up contacting the station to complain.
Perea then experienced intense bullying from management at Fox, and when things got really bad, he actually recorded some of the conversations and later posted them on YouTube. The videos, which were titled “The American Workplace Bully: How FOX News Ended My Career” even featured a recording from the moment he was fired.
His last video was posted on the morning of his death, and in it he said “there can be no righteous cause without a sacrifice.”
Earlier in the week, Perea posted a photo to twiiter which had a nearly empty wallet, filled with only a few dollars. The caption for the photo read: “Congratulations FOX, this is all the money I have left to my name, $104.”
It was reported that he shot himself outside of the New York offices around 9am, just after handing onlookers flyers about how Fox “ended his career.”
After the incident he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to police.
Perea was 41 years old.
Click here to view the videos that Phillip Perea posted to YouTube.
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John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.