Ohio was a battleground state last week, and at Fox Cincinatti affiliate WXIX-TV the battle continues.
Anchor Tricia Macke has been allegedly suspended from her newsdesk position on Fox 19's evening broadcast, following outrage over comments directed at incendiary personality and openly gay MSNBC political commentator Rachel Maddow. Suspension was not officially confirmed by the network, but Cincinnati Enquirer reporter John Kiesewetter indicated that she had in fact been suspended and would return to her position on Tuesday.
In October, the local news anchor posted to her Facebook page that Maddow was "such an angry young man," later adding after an angry comment "I am sorry, I should have said antagonistic."
Gay rights advocacy group GLAAD leaned heavily on the affiliate and the anchor, demanding an apology for the remarks.
"I recently posted comments on my personal Facebook page regarding cable news anchor Rachel Maddow which were insensitive and inappropriate," she 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."
While this could be written off as overly sensitive backlash, it's good to see networks demanding some level of accountability and decorum from their employees, particularly ones who are meant to deliver unbiased news. Of course, NBC itself does constantly joke that Matthew Perry looks like Maddow...