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Veteran Fox executive Darlene Tipton fired over Flight MH370 email


NEW YORK (AP) - A veteran Fox executive who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane's passengers has been fired.

Darlene Tipton, who was vice president of standards and practices for the Fox Cable Networks Group, said Saturday she had wanted to arrange swift financial aid to families and other loved ones, sparing them lengthy court fights. She said she began by emailing Sarah Bajc, an American whose boyfriend, Philip Wood, was a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and who has made frequent TV appearances since the plane's March 8 disappearance.

Fox spokesman Scott Grogin said Tipton's "conduct and communications" violated company policy. Citing privacy concerns, he declined to discuss particulars, but he said, "As soon as we became aware, we took appropriate steps." He confirmed that Tipton has left the company.

Tipton was with Fox for a quarter-century before her April 9 dismissal. She said she plans to continue with her initiative, soliciting contributions through the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.

"We want to raise money for families, to give them immediate relief," Tipton said during a phone interview from her Los Angeles home. "Otherwise, they could be in court for years."

A condition of accepting the money she hopes to raise: Recipients must waive the right to seek legal remedy.

"If they're getting money through contributions," she said, "it isn't right for them to seek money through legal channels, too."

But she plans to sue Fox for wrongful termination, said her husband, Ken Tipton, a writer and producer.

He said the idea for the fundraising effort stemmed from his Los Angeles hospital stay last month, shortly after the plane disappeared. He said that while he was under medication he had hallucinations of being with the plane's passengers and the power of his visions spurred him and his wife to try to help.

"She wanted to do it because it could be done," he said. "So why not try?"

The investigation into what happened to Flight 370, a Boeing 777 that was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, continued Saturday with searches of a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed.

Tipton's firing was first reported by Christine Negroni in her blog Flying Lessons.

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x.esposito April 21 2014 at 2:12 PM

I wonder what Fox & allied don't want us to know.... Mr. & Mrs. Tipton wish you all the best and please don't stop on the roads of thorns. Keep going with so respectful support you are giving to these families!
Humanity needs to feel others pain to understand we all are the same souls!!

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lightwater3 April 21 2014 at 4:15 PM

I am all for helping these surviving family members to receive needed financial help in this time of great loss and crisis....but I find it really stinky, over-controlling and very inappropriate that this woman has taken it upon herself to make that help conditional upon giving up the right to seek legal remedy from the airline. That is none of her business, she is not an attorney, and she has no right to try to impose this limitation on the survivors. What kind of person says, "Yes, I will help you to survive and recover financially....but only if you sign away your legal rights to seek justice from the company that killed your family?"

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doleeu7 lightwater3 April 21 2014 at 4:43 PM

The kind of person who is herself making a profit from "intimidating" these poor people into accepting a "partial" payment on behalf of their dead loved one. She is a crook working for a company of liars.

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lamarlord7 April 21 2014 at 2:27 PM

If it were an American flight...no issue

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la231 April 21 2014 at 4:03 PM

She was vice president of standards and procedures. Helping the families was because of her husband's dream (OK!, lol) and wanted to get involved which nothing wrong w/that if an honest thing. Don't feel because she held a title @ Fox she should have used her work account email, that was inappropriate. I would think her idea would be something that Fox...Group Co. would had to be on board with also before she made her contact.

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porsha993 April 21 2014 at 3:59 PM

"Holy thievery Batman!"

Here is how her scam works: She raises free cash from concerned donors and distributes it, less "expenses", to victims' families. Each participating family will get a small sum. In exchange, they transfer their right to sue over to this woman and her organization. She pursues the legal claims and reaps a huge multi-million dollar profit when the case is settled. It is a scam plain and simple.

It's the same scam run by those companies that advertise on TV offering to buy your legal claim or lottery annuity payments. They give desperate people a small sum now in exchange for a larger payout over time. The difference here is that this woman and her husband will not even be using their own money to buy the claims, they're asking for donations! Disgusting doesn't begin to cover it. Kudos to Fox for firing her.

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Prince Charles porsha993 April 21 2014 at 4:07 PM

Really? I smelt something fishy with her "disclaimer" clause, but I never thought she intended to pursue legal remedies on behalf of those who would receive her "pittance", and pocket the proceeds.

Evil and greed go hand in hand, and this time around, they are joined by a fox who happened to work for a network called "FOX Network".

This woman is greedy, evil, wicked, mean and nasty, all rolled into one word.

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mielkele Prince Charles April 21 2014 at 4:18 PM

smelt? I thought smelt was a small fish.

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Iselin007 Prince Charles April 21 2014 at 4:33 PM

JOB OPENING don't everyone rush down there!

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grant911 April 21 2014 at 3:58 PM

The perps and victims are so intermingled that there is no one to sue!!! Who pays??? If my relative was on this flight I deserve compensation but if there is no clear villain, then there will be no pay outs and the pasengers are rightly screaming. Money won't bring them back to life but it will soften the blow for the victims.

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theomegaman72 April 21 2014 at 3:48 PM

" A condition of accepting the money she hopes to raise: Recipients must waive the right to seek legal remedy. "

Odd actions and an odd request on her part.

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Tommy Boy theomegaman72 April 21 2014 at 4:02 PM

This whole idea is odd from start to finish. Never heard of such a thing. So let me get this straight..if I wanted to sue the airlines for $1,000,000..then I promise NOT to sue if I get the cash from contrabutions? Totally off the shelve idea. Why would anyone contribute?

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bravissisima April 21 2014 at 2:33 PM

You lost me on the hallucination excuse. Wow...some drugs these folks must be on.

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Peter April 21 2014 at 3:46 PM

Omg caught red handed . Theres alot more to this than we know . Sign a waiver ? I just wonder who she really is working for . This really stinks . Hope someone is investigating what really going on . She also said her husband had dreams he was talking to the missing people of flight MH 370
and they wanted it this was lol What a con . her husband is still working for Fox . They say he was in the hospital on some kinda drugs when he had these dreams

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acowgurl April 21 2014 at 4:23 PM

Breaking the rules EVEN when you think its for a good cause, is cause for termination. She's been with that company long enough to know the rules... and she was vice president of standards and practices?? FIRED

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