It's kinda funny, and sad, this social media thing. We all get angry when we find kids saying ignorant things on Facebook and Twitter, and we go ballistic when adults--like yesterday's post, Denise Helms--use their social media outlets to spew ignorance and hate; and death threats.
But I would expect more from a journalist. I can remember when journalists were professional, when they simply told the story, without editorializing, and reported the facts. These days, though, these so-called journalists seem more like petulant school children using Facebook to snark and Twitter to bully.
Case in point: Fox [of course] news anchor from Cincinnati, Tricia Mackie.
Back in October, she posted on Facebook that MSNBC political pundit and commentator, Rachel Maddow, was an “angry young man.”
Isn’t hat hilarious? Rachel's a lesbian, you know, so, of course, she's a man, because Lesbians aren’t real women and Gay men aren't real men., It's funny. Yeah, not so much.
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And Tricia Mackie, at first, refused to accept that what she said was bigoted, homophobic, and bordered on bullying, not to mention that a professional journalist--even one who works for Fox--should know better than to name-call and belittle anyone in print.
She did walk back the angry young man comment a bit by saying she should have called Maddow “antagonistic,” but then she admitted that she “knew what I was saying.”
And yet she still said it.
But, both GLAAD and Equality Ohio knew that Tricia Mackie was being an idiot, and had a few choice words of their own for the "news"person:
Referring to Maddow as a “man” because she is a gay woman is completely unacceptable for someone in the business of journalism.Cincinnati viewers rely on Mackie and Fox 19 to deliver unbiased and fair reporting about the lives of LGBT people in their community. But this is someone who attempted to insult a gay woman by questioning her gender, then stated very clearly that she did so with complete awareness of her actions.Tricia Mackie undoubtedly tried to insult Maddow because of their political differences, rather than simply because Maddow is gay – but her comments went much further than insulting Maddow’s political leanings, and took issue with Maddow’s gender, revealing an anti-gay (or at least anti-gender-nonconforming?) bias underlying her political beliefs.
And suddenly Tricia Mackie was all apologetic, issuing the following on her channel, Fox 19's Facebook page:
“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.”
Nice non-apology, Tricia. You said it, but you don't own it, because owning might get your blond ass canned, even from a Fox channel.
And as for your "personal" Facebook page, even school children know there is no such thing as "personal" anymore, when you start spouting ridiculousness on the internet. And when you open up your personal page to every Tom, Dick and Homophobe, and then denigrate a gay man or women, you lose all credibility.
Your apology should have read:
I was stupid. I was insensitive. I said the wrong thing. I should know better.
But it didn't because you are stupid and insensitive, and you don't know better.