Demand On-Air Apology from Fox News Anchor for Insensitive Anti-Gay Comments

Target: Tricia Macke

Goal: To apologize on-air for making an offensive comment regarding MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s sexual orientation

A public figure should always keep in mind that his or her actions influence the public to some degree. Such actions can either encourage positive behavior or encourage destructive behavior. Recently, Fox 19 news anchor Tricia Macke made an inappropriate comment towards an MSNBC host on her Facebook. Macke called Rachel Maddow an “angry young man” due to Maddow’s sexual orientation.

Macke was fully aware of the nature of the comment she posted on Facebook. Several viewers expressed offense towards this comment, but Macke showed no remorse and continued to defend her view on the issue. She stood behind her hateful comments and refused to acknowledge in any wrongdoing. The comments and conversations were eventually deleted from her Facebook but Macke never apologized to Maddow or her viewers until her comments went viral. Her apology on Facebook is vague and does not directly address her offense against Maddow.

Macke’s comments are nothing short of bullying. Initially, Macke was attacking Maddow based on the fact that the two women expressed differing political beliefs. Macke did not need to publicly attack Maddow’s personal life because they had differing opinions in their workplace. As one of Macke’s viewers pointed out, sexual orientation is completely irrelevant in the news industry. The sexual orientation of a professional new anchor or host does not hinder their ability to perform their duties effectively.

As a news anchor for Fox 19, Macke is expected to deliver unbiased news. Her viewers are depending on her to deliver news in an accurate manner without compromising the events being presented. Some of the news Macke is expected to deliver in a professional and unbiased manner is news regarding the LGBT community, but she has demonstrated that she has no qualms about voicing her personal beliefs in this subject. If she is able to take such a sensitive topic so lightly, there is a possibility that her personal beliefs might influence her ability to effectively deliver unbiased and accurate news.

Macke must acknowledge that the comments she made on her Facebook were unacceptable. Sign the petition below to demand that Tricia Macke apologize on-air to Rachel Maddow and her viewers for making offensive comments about Maddow’s sexual orientation.


Dear Ms. Macke,

The comments you have recently made on your Facebook are completely unacceptable and offensive. Several viewers have expressed offense towards these comments but you have shown no remorse in making them. You may have deleted the comments and the conversations associated with them, but you did not make any type of apology to Rachel Maddow or your viewers until your comments went viral. The apology made on Facebook seems extremely impersonal and forced; you did not even directly address how you have wronged Ms. Maddow.

It is understandable that you may not get along or agree with all other anchors and hosts, but you do not have to publicly make hateful comments regarding an individual’s sexual orientation. As a professional, you should keep your disagreements on a professional level; attacking an individual’s sexual orientation is extremely distasteful. I am urging you to re-evaluate your actions and acknowledge that you have wronged Ms. Maddow and your viewers. Please take the action to apologize on-air for your unnecessary comments towards Ms. Maddow’s sexual orientation.


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