Oh, now she’s sorry for calling MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow ‘such an angry young man’
Why do I get the feeling this is an apology made through gritted teeth?
A news anchor for the Fox affiliate in Cincinatti, Ohio apologized late Friday for calling MSNBC’s lesbian anchor Rachel Maddow an ‘angry young man.’
Hours after the Gay Alliance Against Defamation started a petition demanding that Tricia Macke apologize for comments she posted on her Facebook page last month, she did so.
‘I recently posted comments on my personal Facebook page regarding cable news anchor Rachel Maddow which were insensitive and inappropriate,’ she stated. ‘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.
The station also issued a statement which read in part: ‘We also apologize to anyone who may have been offended by her comments.’ In addition to her original comment on Facebook, she later defended them when people pointed out that they were offensive: ‘I knew what I was saying,’ she wrote then.
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick pointed out why such anti-gay remarks like Macke’s original comments are troubling. ‘When those in the public eye use their platforms to spread anti-gay attitudes, it can give license for their fans and followers to follow suit,’ Graddick said. ‘Macke should use this moment and her role as a journalist to shed light on the impact that such anti-gay remarks and bullying have on LGBT young people in Cincinnati and across Ohio.’