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Fox 19 anchor back on the air after suspension for calling Rachel Maddow an 'angry young man' on Fac
3 years ago
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 Facebookaccount. "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 "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.

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 least FOX doesn't allow it on their station in Ohio......too bad PMSNBC can call all Republicans racist and get by with one gets called out for any of their pc comments.....

3 years ago

This kind of thing on the left or the right is just wrong.  I am glad to see that Fox stands for fairness.

3 years ago

She does look like an angry man. A weird one too.

3 years ago

Don't like her myself. She is a ranter like most talking heads and very much a liberal so that is all you get with her. Hannity is the same but he is conservative. Intollerance is never good in any argument.

3 years ago

You have something there Cam....but truth be known.....Hannity is a much more attractive man than madcow....jmho!!!

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