This was COMPLETELY unacceptable, and we're at least relieved to know that it's not being tolerated!
After Cincinnati Fox News anchor Tricia Macke garnered some completely-justified heat for mocking MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who is openly gay, by calling her "an angry young man" on her Facebook page, the WXIX station's management did the right thing by not only suspending her from her position, but had her issue an apology for her blatant homophobia!
The station released the following statement:
We have received several expressions of concerns about a recent Facebook posting by FOX19 Anchor Tricia Macke on her personal Facebook page. Tricia’s response is provided below and is also posted on her personal Facebook page. We also apologize to anyone who may have been offended by her comments.
WXIX Station Management
I recently posted comments on my personal Facebook page regarding cable news anchor Rachel Maddow which were insensitive and inappropriate. I apologize to Ms. Maddow and any others who may have been offended by my comments, as they do not reflect my firm beliefs in individual and equal rights, and they certainly do not represent the opinions or position of my employer WXIX-TV.
Good! It's about time people stopped treating their Facebook like private diaries - ESPECIALLY those in the public eye!
We sincerely hope that despite the obvious pressure from above to make amends, Tricia used this as an opportunity to really reflect on her behavior and become more conscientious of the ramifications of such offensive, limited, and reckless hate masked as an opinion!
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!
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