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Fox 19 News Anchor suspended for homophobic remark against Rachel Maddow

4:17 pm - 11/14/2012
Tricia Macke, an Ohio news anchor for Fox 19, was suspended over disparaging comments she made about the MSNBC host on her personal Facebook page.

A Fox news anchor was back on the air Tuesday night following a 2-day suspension for calling MSNBC host Rachel Maddow an "angry young man" on Facebook.
Tricia Macke, an anchor for Ohio's Fox 19, took to her personal Facebook page last month to rant against the cable news personality, writing "Rachel Maddow is such an angry young man" on Oct. 12.
She was quickly criticized by her Facebook followers, who compared the comment to making racist jokes.
"I am sorry," Macke wrote to one such fan. "I should have said antagonistic."
Commenters then took issue with the fact that the anchor did not acknowledge that her choice of words in calling Maddow a "man" was offensive.
"I knew what I was saying," Macke responded.

The exchange, which was since removed from her Facebook page, was captured in screengrabs posted by GLAAD, which launched a petition in partnership with Equality Ohio calling on Fox 19 to condemn Macke's remark.
"Referring to Maddow as a 'man' because she is a gay woman is completely unacceptable for someone in the business of journalism," GLAAD said in a press release last week, putting out a call on Twitter and across the Internet to spread the word.
"Macke owes an apology not only to viewers, but to young people in Ohio who are subjected to unfair bullying and harassment like this on a daily basis," added GLAAD president Herndon Graddick.
Shortly thereafter, Macke was conspicuously absent from her regular broadcast on Sunday night.
She and the station then issued apologies for the incident.
"We have received several expressions of concerns about a recent Facebook posting by FOX19 Anchor Tricia Macke on her personal Facebook page," WXIX Station Management said in a statement "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."
"I recently posted comments on my personal Facebook page regarding cable news anchor Rachel Maddow which were insensitive and inappropriate," Macke said in her own statement, posted to her public Facebook account. "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."
Macke, who has been at Fox 19 since 1992, returned to her on-air seat on Tuesday night.
Despite what she wrote online, a fellow reporter in the Cincinnati area said he felt Macke's Facebook post wasn't representative of her professional career.
"From my view, the Maddow comments were totally out of character," reporter John Kiesewetter told JimRomenesko.com. "That's definitely not what she's known for in the Cincinnati market...In my 25 years covering Cincinnati TV/radio, I've heard plenty of broadcast news people say plenty of stupid things. But she's not one of them."
Maddow has not commented on the incident.

chaya 15th-Nov-2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Please take out the '#commentpostform' bit from the link so it goes to the article and not the comments at the bottom.
queenbathory 15th-Nov-2012 02:48 am (UTC)
Done! Sorry about that
chaya 15th-Nov-2012 02:54 am (UTC)
Np! A minor fix.
shadowwolf1321 15th-Nov-2012 03:33 am (UTC)
I agree completely.
itcamefromjapan 15th-Nov-2012 02:47 am (UTC)
I love the smell of homophobia and transphobia in the morning.

Oh wait, no I don't. Fuck you, Tricia Macke.
queenbathory 15th-Nov-2012 02:49 am (UTC)
Forgot the transphobia tag!
ducttapeninja 15th-Nov-2012 02:49 am (UTC)
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

Oh piss off, Macke. Intentionally dodging the fact that you referred to Rachel as a man, and then stating that you're fully aware of what you said, shows pretty damn clearly what your "firm beliefs" happen to be here.

So sick of people like this only apologizing when they realize that their hateful shit has consequences.
paksenarrion2 16th-Nov-2012 05:30 am (UTC)
And I just loved the fauxpology. who may have been offended by my comments

Please, the only thing she is sorry about is that she is being called out as a homophobic assclarinet.

and I just realized your icon is a gif...Strangely mesmerizing
sio 15th-Nov-2012 02:51 am (UTC)
at least they actually punished her (too briefly), rather than defending her hate speech. didn't expect them to even care.
jamethiel_bane 15th-Nov-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
... ayup. Such a firm belief in equal rights that transphobic, homophobic insults are the first place she goes.

Seriously, have a look at your life, Macke. If your political beliefs lead you to PERSONALLY INSULTING SOMEONE'S LIFE, and especially something like gender or sexual orientation, then you damn well need to take a look at your political beliefs AND your behaviour.
cuterabbit33 15th-Nov-2012 03:00 am (UTC)
Someone else mentioned this on the mothership - "Two days. So, basically a weekend." Honestly I feel this is like the same as not punishing her at all, because she's not going to change and this hardly does anything.
angelofdeath275 15th-Nov-2012 03:04 am (UTC)
only apologizing because she was forced to, not because she genuinely thinks she did anything wrong. bet shes rolling her eye at the entire thing tryin to make herself the victim

Edited at 2012-11-15 04:29 am (UTC)
zinnia_rose 15th-Nov-2012 03:16 am (UTC)
You stay classy, Faux News. "They do not reflect my firm beliefs in individual and equal rights" my ASS.
mollywobbles867 15th-Nov-2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Local Fox news stations are not the same as Faux News. That said, she's full of shit. lol
zinnia_rose 15th-Nov-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
Whoops, my bad. She's definitely still an asshole, though!
dienaid 15th-Nov-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Ugh, fauxpology.

Bigots: your shit is less acceptable to those in society with every hour that passes. Adapt to a changing world or prepare to lose everything you have that depends on societal acceptance.
tabaqui 15th-Nov-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
She called Ms Maddow a *boy*. How *clever* of her. Bet she's never heard that one before! Wow, what a knee-slapper.

Jayzus. Fuck.
veracity 15th-Nov-2012 05:32 am (UTC)
I don't have a crush on her. I want her to be my big sister. She seems like she'd be such an awesome ally that way.
tamingheadfauna 15th-Nov-2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
homasse 15th-Nov-2012 06:08 am (UTC)
"I am sorry," Macke wrote to one such fan. "I should have said antagonistic."

Hurr hurr, you're so funny, hurr hurr!!

...Only no, you're not. You're an ass of epic proportions.
astra_aurora 15th-Nov-2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
Oh. How utterly... quaint.

Seriously, what a *huge rant full of swear words and frantic gestures*

Goddamn it...
halfshellvenus 15th-Nov-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
After "I should have said 'antagonistic' [young man]" and "I knew what I was saying," a fauxpology doesn't cut it.

Fire her, or claim her homophobia. But you can't have it both ways.

And Maddow is smarter than she'll ever be, which probably rankles too. *smh*
fluteaphrael 15th-Nov-2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
"I apologise to those who MAY HAVE BEEN OFFENDED...."

OH yeh, that's totally an apology there, NOT. How about "I'm sorry what I said was offencive." Someone needs to teach this reporter how to actually apologise.
eyetosky 15th-Nov-2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Wow, she gleefully dug her hole deeper on that comment thread. Ugh.
oudeteron 16th-Nov-2012 12:13 am (UTC)
That's the thing, though, isn't it? Bigoted shit is almost never said out of "ignorance". She knew exactly what she was saying, and she still thought it was a good idea to say. (And to then pretend that passive-aggressive nonsense was an apology.)

Also, all the "this is totally not what she's ~REALLY LIKE~" whiteknighting can piss right off. Her "character" is irrelevant in this.
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