Fox 19: Condemn Tricia Mackie's anti-gay comments
  • Petitioned Bill Lanesey

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Fox 19
Bill Lanesey
President, CEO, Raycom Media
Paul McTear
Vice President, Human Resources, Raycom Media
Clyde Baucom
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Raycom Media
Wayne Daugherty
News Anchor, Fox19
Tricia Mackie

Fox 19: Condemn Tricia Mackie's anti-gay comments

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November 2012


After GLAAD, Equality Ohio and many in the LGBT community called for news anchor Tricia Macke to apologize for calling MSNBC host Rachel Maddow an “angry young man” on her Facebook page (and then defending those remarks), the station issued an apology on their Facebook page.

GLAAD and Equality Ohio are calling on Fox 19 (Cincinnati, OH) to condemn comments made by news anchor Tricia Mackie, who called MSNBC host Rachel Maddow an "Angry Young Man" in a Facebook comment. According to incident reports received by Equality Ohio, after a viewer expressed offense to the comment, Mackie stood by her characterization of Maddow as male, responding "you are right. I'm sorry, I should've said 'antagonistic.'"

When another person responded that, in the news business, sexual orientation is irrelevant, Mackie responded, "I knew what I was saying." The exchange appears to have been deleted from Mackie's Facebook page, but screenshots are below.

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 challenging 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.

Fox 19 and its owner Raycom Media must take swift action to condemn Mackie's remarks, and Mackie must make a full apology. These steps are necessary for both Mackie and the station to prove they can be trusted to report objectively on issues that impact Cincinnati's LGBT community.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kenneth Lu BOSTON, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      No one has the right to use someone's gender as an insult.

    • James Lunceford SANDY, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      If I said something to a co-worker like this I be fired. Saying hateful things to people may be you first amendment right but you should suffer the consequences of being a biggot and deciding to share hate speech. This isn't funny it's just pathetic.

    • Diana Barahona EL CAJON, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am tired of homophobes and their ignorance.

    • Tim Grimes KNOXVILLE, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      This has to be the STUPIDEST petition I've seen in quite some time. You goof-balls complaining about Tricia need to get a real life. Move on. There's nothing to see here. Wimps!

    • Melanie Worthington SOLSBERRY, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Ignorant bullies have no place on public television.


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