Over Racial Comments
Wendy Phillips, the anchorwoman on Pittsburgh television station WTAE who posted what is considered to be racist remarks on her Facebook pag was relieved of her position.
The parent company Hearst Television reportedly said Bell’s comments were “inconsistent with the company’s ethics and journalistic standards.”
Bell, who is white, speculated about the identities of the two men who fatally shot five black people in the poor Pittsburgh suburb of Willkinsburg on March 9.
In her post on Facebook, she said in part: “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 in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know the police. They’ve been arrested.”
After her comment went viral on social media, Bell apologized, saying her words “were insensitive and could be viewed as racist.” The station also apologized, saying Bell’s remarks are unacceptable.
Authorities have not made any arrests or provided a description of the possible suspects in the case of the six people who were killed.
Bell joined WTAE in 1998 and has won 21 Emmy Awards.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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