Tricia Macke Suspended For Homophobic Rachel Maddow Comment

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A homophobic remark about Rachel Maddow earned Fox anchor Tricia Macke a brief suspension, after which she apologized to the political commentator and the public.

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Macke, a reporter with Fox 19 Cincinnati, was removed from the air Sunday after calling MSNBC's Maddow "such an angry young man" in a Facebook post.

Maddow is openly gay. After taking heat from some of her followers, Macke only upped the ante, writing, "I am sorry. I should have said antagonistic."

Macke subsequently took down the Facebook posts, but not before GLAAD took a screen shot of them, called the station and demanded that she apologize.

"Referring to Maddow as a 'man' because she is a gay woman is completely unacceptable for someone in the business of journalism," stated the gay rights group.

After Fox 19 handed Macke a two-day suspension and apologized "to anyone who may have been offended by her comments," the journalist followed suit.

"I recently posted comments on my personal Facebook page regarding cable news anchor Rachel Maddow which were insensitive and inappropriate," Macke said.

"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."

"They certainly do not represent the opinions or position of my employer WXIX-TV."

Macke has since resumed her duties anchoring Fox 19's 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. news.

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