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TOPIC: Anchorwoman fired over racial comments on Facebook

Anchorwoman fired over racial comments on Facebook 31 Mar 2016 13:17 #9365

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A woman working at a television station in Pittsburgh was fired over racial comments she posted on Facebook about a shooting that left five people and an unborn baby dead.

The woman, who is white, speculated about the identifying of the two men who shot five people in a poor suburb of Pittsburgh on March 9. In her Facebook post she said: You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday. … They are young black men, likely in their teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know the police. They’ve been arrested.”

After the social media backlash she apologized saying her words were sensitive and could be viewed as racist. The station also apologized and said her comments was inconsistent with the companies ethics and journalistic standards.

The woman had been working for the TV station since 1998 and had won 21 Emmy Awards. After she was fired she tried to defense herself saying she didn't get a fair chance from the station, and that the story was not about her, but about African- Americans being killed by other African-Americans. “What matters is what’s going on in America, and it is the death of black people in this country. … I live next to three war-torn communities in the city of Pittsburgh, that I love dearly. My stories, they struck a nerve. They touched people, but it’s not enough. More needs to be done. The problem needs to be addressed.”

Her post drew mixed reactions from viewers. Some saw her comments as offensive and called for her firing, while others said the comments were not racist and applauded her honesty.
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