A NY television meteorologist was sacked after saying what many heard as a racial slur on air, which he defended on Monday evening as a slip of the tongue that he tried to quickly correct.
A chief meteorologist for a New York TV station has been fired after he was accused of making a racial slur on air while referencing Martin Luther King Jr., which he insists was not intentional.
While Kappell maintains he simply misspoke and called it "unintentional bubbling", viewers and local officials heard the phrase and found it offensive.
"As a result of that broadcast, meteorologist Jeremy Kappell is no longer with News10NBC", Reingold said. I had no ideas what some people could have interpreted that as and I know some people interpreted that the wrong way.
WHEC meteorologist Jeremy Kappell was reporting from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
'These words have no place on News10NBC's air, and the fact that we broadcast them disheartens and disgusts me; that it was not caught immediately is inexcusable.
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In response to a tweet accusing him of racism, Kappell wrote: "You are out of your mind to think I would jeopardize future of my family and career to insert a racial slur against the GREATEST civil rights leader of all time?!?!" "I had no idea the way it came across to many people", Kappell remarked in a Facebook video uploaded Monday evening.
However, WHEC-TV bosses were having none of it and promptly gave Kappell his marching orders. "I regret that we did not immediately interrupt our broadcast and apologize on the spot". I know some people did interpret it the wrong way. "It is beyond unacceptable that this occurred", Warren said in a press release. There must be real consequences for the news personality involved and also for the management team that failed to immediately apologize and address the slur, ' he said. "It took the station almost two days to apologize, and only after the station was shamed into doing so by a backlash on social media".
The Rochester Association of Black Journalists has also weighed in on the issue, saying the incident is "completely unacceptable" and that they expect a "complete explanation of what happened and why nothing was done immediately after broadcast".
The audio of the alleged incident, however, has sparked much controversy; while some Rochesterians have claimed that the word was said in malice and intentional, others - including the meteorologist himself - have argued that it was an unintentional jumbling of words. "I would never want to tarnish the reputation of a such a great man as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the greatest civic leaders of all time". "In no way, and if you know me I don't even have to say it, I would never intend to [cause] harm [in] that way to anyone". The minute we learned about it we jumped on it.
According to Reingold, the action to fire Kappell was not influenced by Warren.
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