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.

Rachel Maddow Photo

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.


Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a cunt and didn't lose his job. Sounds like one of you is a democrat. Nothing like a baby killer defending a gay. Nice.

@ Gus Sounder

Bill Maher is a comedian, talk show host, author, and political commentator. That is the difference - Tricia Macke is trying to pass herself off as a self-proclaimed journalist.

@ Guest

The article says it was on her PERSONAL facebook page. And that other lady does look like a man. She has a manly hairdo and dates women. She wants to be a man. She should feel complimented. And I do not care for Tricia Macke. America has turned into a bunch of wusses.


Macke is your typical Republican. She may have a bit too much of the male testosterone for her own good. Maddow is bright and positive even in one of the most cynical campaigns in history. Macke should have lost her job; she didn't hurt Maddow but certainly put herself in a class with other undesirables.


She thought she was being hilarious, but the joke's on her. Rachel Maddow is a human being first, she's not defined by her sexuality. She could also run circles around this yokel in the journalism department - Rachel Maddow is extremely smart and she deals in facts.
When will these folks learn that they are standing on the wrong side of history? What a petty little piece of work...

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