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An award-winning news anchor who was fired for an “offensive” Facebook post isn’t taking her lumps lying down.
Wendy Bell, former anchor of WTAE was ousted from her position when she used social media to announce her anguish over the manhunt for two suspected mass murderers who opened fire at a neighborhood BBQ.
“You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday… they are young black men, likely in their teens or early 20s.
“They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs.”
Bell, was forced to apologize and later erased the post.
She claimed to have been sickened and heartbroken by the black-on-black crime plaguing the streets of Pittsburgh. “What matters is what’s going on in America, and it is the death of black people in this country,” Bell told the AP, according to the Gazette. “I live next to three war-torn communities in the city of Pittsburgh, that I love dearly. My stories, they struck a nerve. They touched people, but it’s not enough. More needs to be done. The problem needs to be addressed.”
“It makes me sick.”
But Bell’s tough-love approach didn’t sit well with her employer.
A statement from Hearst Television, the station’s parent company, said, “WTAE has ended its relationship with anchor Wendy Bell. Wendy’s recent comments on a WTAE Facebook page were inconsistent with the company’s ethics and journalistic standards.”
The Gazette reported that Bell filed a lawsuit against her former employer on Monday. She is demanding her job back, back pay and protection from future retaliation from Hearst Television.
But Bell’s lawsuit doesn’t end there. The white former anchor is also suing on the grounds of racial discrimination.
“But for her being the race that she is, the decision would have been very different,” Bell’s attorney Sam Cordes said. “The comment was not intrinsically racially pejorative. It was interpreted to be that way.”
Part of Bell’s original rant can be read below, and clearly shows she was coming from a place of anguish and not racism… no matter how badly Social Justice Warriors want to make it so.
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