Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tricia Mackie, Fox "News" Anchor, Non-Apologizes For Homophobic Remark

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.

via Queerty


anne marie in philly said...

it comes from ignorant faux news; you expect "quality journalism" from them? I think not.

fire this beeyotch!

the dogs' mother said...

Considering the latest email dustups people really, really need to know if you put something into a digital form it is there forever.

Gene Perry said...

Referring to Rachel Maddow as "a guy" is a little like referring to Ms. Mackie as a blonde. Neither statement is true.

S'A said...

It seems that true Journalism is a thing of the past. Now "news" writers are just looking for the scandal.

Ron said...

And yet another "if I offended anyone" nonapology but an ignorant person who by fate just happened to be born straight with a pleasing appearance. They will never get it. They will die with their hatred. Keep publicizing their homophobia so reasonable people can decide if they want them for friends.

Wonder Man said...

such a cow

Biki said...

i agree with wonder man. she IS a total cow

Debbie said...

Fuck her!


Debbie said...

and p.s. She looks like a blow up doll.

Anonymous said...

Who cares no one watches the news anyway. So she's a queer. Funny how 1% of the population can silence the masses. Keep your sexual preferences to yourself. My kids lose their appetite knowing rug munchers are watching them eat.

Bob Slatten said...

Funny how you think the majority should tell the minority how to live. Ain't THAT American.

PS It's not a preference, it's an orientation. Get that one thing straight, at least.