An Emmy award-winning journalist has been terminated from her job after she posted a Facebook status regarding the racial makeup of the murderers of six people — including a pregnant mother and her unborn child — in a poor Pittsburgh neighborhood.
Wendy Bell was officially terminated from WTAE-TV Wednesday, according to a statement from Hearst Television.
“WTAE has ended its relationship with anchor Wendy Bell,” the statement read, as reported by the Pittsburg Post-Gazette. “Wendy’s recent comments on a WTAE Facebook page were inconsistent with the company’s ethics and journalistic standards.”
According to TheBlaze:
Bell, who had been with the station for 18 years, has been off the air since last week after the station’s general manager, Charles Wolfertz, publicly apologized for Bell’s “egregious lack of judgment.”
Bell caused an uproar after she went onto her public WTAE Facebook page and shared her thoughts regarding a recent crime that saw six people, including a pregnant woman and children, slaughtered in one of Pittsburgh’s roughest neighborhoods. In the post, Bell came to the conclusion that “young black men” committed the atrocious crime.
The Emmy-winning anchor later edited her post — then deleted it — and apologized for ever penning it in the first place.
“I now understand that some of the words I chose were insensitive and could be viewed as racist,” her apology read, in part. ”I regret offending anyone. I’m truly sorry.”
While Bell’s Facebook page and WTAE biography page have since been removed, her original post still remains searchable online. She initially wrote 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 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.
Bell’s full post is still available via the Daily Mail here.
Read more about the station’s decision to fire her, as well as Pittsburgh residents’ reactions at TheBlaze here.