Journalists have discovered that social media is a tool where they can be spontaneous, and it’s getting many of them in trouble.
Axios has compiled a list of people in the media who have either been reprimanded or fired for inappropriate Twitter posts recently, most of them regarding either Islamic terrorism or President Trump.
Breitbart has fired writer Katie McHugh after sending out a tweet regarding the London Bridge terrorist attack, in which she stated, “There would be no deadly terror attacks in the U.K. if Muslims didn’t live there.”
There would be no deadly terror attacks in the U.K. if Muslims didn’t live there. #LondonBridge
— Katie McHugh🇺🇸 (@k_mcq) June 3, 2017
— Katie McHugh🇺🇸 (@k_mcq) June 5, 2017
CNN host Reza Aslan tweeted out on June 3 about President Trump, “This piece of sh** is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind.” He later deleted his tweet and apologized.
The Denver post fired reporter Terry Frei on May 29, after he tweeted his disappointment that a Japanese driver had won the Indy 500 race. Frei tweeted an apology letter:
OK, I took out the name of a book. pic.twitter.com/b953FbqMEh
— Terry Frei (@TFrei) May 29, 2017
LBC radio host Katie Hopkins was fired on May 26 for a tweet after the Manchester terror attack, where she called for a “final solution” to Islamic terrorism.
On May 24, freelance writer David Leavitt apologized for remarks he tweeted after the Manchester terror attack. He first wrote, “MULTIPLE CONFIRMED FATALITIES at Manchester Arena. The last time I listened to Ariana Grande I almost died too.”
Then a follow-up:
Honestly, for over a year I thought an Ariana Grande was something you ordered at Starbucks.
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) May 22, 2017
NY Post reporter Bart Hubbuch was fired January 31 for a tweet where he compared President Trump’s inauguration to the 9/11 and Pearl Harbor attacks.
Julia Ioffe, a reporter from Politico, was fired December 14, 2016, after a vulgar tweet about Ivanka Trump.
the way it was explained to me was that they were already having problems with the Trump administration.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) December 14, 2016
— nymjr7 (@nymjr7) December 14, 2016
Fox Business host Lou Dobbs apologized on October 13 for tweeting out the phone number and address of a person accusing Trump of sexual harassment.
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