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A sports reporter is now an ex-sports reporter after smearing U.S. Sen. Tim Scott as an “Uncle Tom” on social media in a now-deleted Tweet.
News 12 Connecticut issued the following statement:
“News 12 Connecticut learned on Wednesday afternoon that one of its anchors acted inappropriately on social media. After reviewing the incident, the network released sports reporter, Fred Gerteiny, as a result of a racially insensitive comment. News 12 Networks has a zero tolerance policy for racism or improper conduct based on race, and prides itself on being an objective and unbiased multi-platform news company.”
Gerteiny was apparently responding to a story that the South Carolina Republican thinks that President Trump misspoke in response to moderator Chris Wallace’s question about white supremacy during Tuesday night’s debate and should clarify his remarks.
The former sports reporter replied to The Hill’s tweet with a curt and nasty: “Thanks Uncle Tom”.
Scott, who is a stalwart Trump ally, made this recommendation during a press availability prior to his meeting with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Tim Scott: I think Trump should ‘correct’ white supremacy debate remark. ‘I think he misspoke.’ https://t.co/shvwmFqKtU
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 30, 2020
Although the sports reporter evidently has deleted his entire Twitter account, he apparently tweeted an apology to Scott first.
“Earlier today, I tweeted a racially insensitive comment when I referred to [Sen. Scott] as an ‘Uncle Tom.’ I apologize to the Senator, my colleagues [at News Channel 12], and anyone else I might have offended with the deeply offensive tweet,” Gerteiny purportedly wrote.
Looks like he just deleted his “apology” too, the one where he used the ethnic slur again and was sure to tag the recipient.
This should bump him up the List a notch or two. ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/OtFK1xiOUT
— Just L (aka Belaglik) (@JustLittleOldL) October 1, 2020
For some reason, the sports media industry has become an increasingly vocal woke profession. That, in part, explains why millions of viewers, for example, have abandoned SJW-dominated ESPN.
That being said, while the media appears to be pushing a false narrative about Trump’s actual remarks in the exchange with Wallace, the president could take the opportunity in the second debate to remind America about what he actually meant in the aftermath of the tragic Charlottesville incident. Thus, in the larger context, Trump might benefit from taking Sen. Scott’s suggestion to heart especially in this polarized, politicized environment.
Trump’s foes, including Biden, have repeatedly rhetorically battered him with the “very fine people” remark, which seems to be the source of the recurring and unfair white supremacy allegations, and which apparently was the subtext of Wallace questioning.
At the time of the incident in Virginia, Trump asserted that “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists who should be condemned totally.”
Trump’s assertion about “very fine people on both sides” referred to those who were on opposing sides of the controversy about taking down historical statues.
As Scott Adams has pointed out in an article called ‘The Fine People Hoax Funnel,’ “Trump could have been right or wrong about who attended, but it doesn’t change the fact that his words clearly and unambiguously condemned the marching racists while excluding them from his ‘fine people’ category.”
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