NY Daily News
Tricia Macke, an Ohio news anchor for Fox 19, was suspended over disparaging comments she made about the MSNBC host on her personal Facebook page.
A Fox news anchor was back on the air Tuesday night following a 2-day suspension for calling MSNBC host Rachel Maddow an “angry young man” on Facebook.
Tricia Macke, an anchor for Ohio’s Fox 19, took to her personal Facebook page last month to rant against the cable news personality, writing “Rachel Maddow is such an angry young man” on Oct. 12.
She was quickly criticized by her Facebook followers, who compared the comment to making racist jokes.
“I am sorry,” Macke wrote to one such fan. “I should have said antagonistic.”
Commenters then took issue with the fact that the anchor did not acknowledge that her choice of words in calling Maddow a “man” was offensive.
“I knew what I was saying,” Macke responded.
The exchange, which was since removed from her Facebook page, was captured in screengrabs posted by GLAAD, which launched a petition in partnership with Equality Ohio calling on Fox 19 to condemn Macke’s remark.
“Referring to Maddow as a ‘man’ because she is a gay woman is completely unacceptable for someone in the business of journalism,” GLAAD said in a press release last week, putting out a call on Twitter and across the Internet to spread the word.