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UPDATE: Cincinnati FOX News Anchor Apologizes For Calling Rachel Maddow An “Angry Young Man”

Yesterday we reported that Cincinnati Fox19 News anchot Tricia Macke, who attacked MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Facebook last month by calling Maddow an  ”Angry Young Man” on her Facebook page an apparent homophobic slur at Rachel Maddow being a lesbian. (Macke has since scrubbed her FB page clean of the posting but not before someone screenshot it)

Now after LGBT bloggers, GLAAD, Equality Ohio other LGBT rights groups  have brought national attention and shame to both Macke and her bosses at Fox 19. Macke has apologized.

Following a note from management on Fox 19’s Facebook page in which they apologized for Macke’s remarks, the reporter herself called the comments “insensitive and inappropriate.” She went on, “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.”

Considering Macke’s original postings I personaly highly doubt that she would have ever apologized if her bosses at Fox 19 hadn’t stepped in and to them so to Fox19 – WXIX-TV we are grateful.

Lets just hope that Macke at least walked away with a lesson about “professionalism in the media” even if she didn’t learn one about her own bigotry and homophobia.



Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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