WHAT IN BLAZES in the City Council doing passing a resolution urging WJLA-TV to rehire a particular journalist it fired last month? The resolution suggested that the station's minority-employment practices were somehow at fault. Yet the journalist, a black and a woman, has made no such complaint herself. If one were to be made, there exists an established bureaucratic procedure for making it. For a political body to take sides in a private employment matter when there is no reason to think that a public issue or the public interest is involved, and when there is no public record on the matter and no apparent intention by either the journalist or the station to make a public record, is absurd. The precedent thus set for council intervention in matters lying before private persons and private companies is simply unacceptable.
Councilwoman Wilhelmina Rolark, sponsor of the resolution, compares it to earlier resolutions attacking South Africa and endorsing the Equal Rights Amendment. Yet surely there is a difference between an official comment on a broad political issue where the council's role is essentially atmospheric, and an official intervention in a specific personnel case - one, moreover, that could conceivably fall within the city government's bureaucratic purview. "Weird. Weird," says an official of the TV station. "That's the world for it so far as I can see."