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Fox 19 Apologizes for Macke Calling Rachel Maddow a Boy

By Danny Cross · November 14th, 2012 · City Desk
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Fox 19 on Nov. 9 apologized for an ignorant comment made by news anchor Tricia Macke on her personal Facebook page last month. Macke’s comment, “Rachel Maddow is such an angry young man,” sparked outrage among gay-rights organizations for its depiction of MSNBC’s openly gay broadcaster as male.

According to screen shots published by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Macke appeared to have missed the point when called out by a commenter for targeting Maddow’s sexual identity.

Macke wrote, “You are right… I should have said antagonistic” but then told another commenter, “I knew what I was saying.”

GLAAD wrote: “Tricia Macke 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 posted its apology along with a statement from Macke describing her comments as insensitive and inappropriate. Macke wrote: “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.”

Maddow, an openly gay MSNBC political analyst, is one of America’s highest-profile news personalities. She’s also a Stanford graduate with a doctorate in political science from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

 
 
 
 

 

 
11.16.2012 at 01:26 Reply

I'm sorry, but you cannot facially refer to Rachel Maddow as a news personality.  Rachel Maddow is a shill for the Democrats, who misrepresents constantly on her "news" program.  MSNBC should dump her.  And NO ONE needs to apologize to her.

 

11.16.2012 at 10:39 Reply

Rachel Maddow is a BRILLIANT woman whom no one should try to mess with because she'll think and talk rings around you and your thoughts. She seems to always be very knowledgeable on every subject discussed on the shows.

 

 
 
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