Wendy Bell, an anchor at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, was recently fired from her position following a post she made on her Facebook page.
"Authorities have not made any arrests in the killings or provided a description of the possible suspects. Siblings Jerry Michael Shelton, 35, Brittany Powell, 27, and Chanetta Powell, 25, along with two cousins, Tina Shelton, 37, and Shada Mahone, 26, were killed in the ambush shooting, police said. Chanetta Powell was nearly eight months pregnant."
Bell's post, which has since been deleted, commented on a mass shooting that took place in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Wilkinsburg. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, some viewers complained, finding the post to be "patronizing" and "nuanced racism."
A screen capture of the message can be found by clicking the link embedded here:
After 18 Years Wendy Bell Has Been Fired From WTAE https://t.co/FAGwunmsLU— Big Bob (@FSBigBob) March 30, 2016
WTAE responded with a televised apology from president and general manager Charles W. Wolfertz III on March 24. In the message, Wolfertz said that "WTAE management is initiating a comprehensive examination of the issue and will take appropriate action."
Bell herself apologized for the post:
I have removed a post that I initially placed here on Monday. I sincerely apologize for that post about the... https://t.co/SPdfljNykO— Wendy Bell (@WendyBellWTAE) March 23, 2016
According to the Post-Gazette, the station's parent company Hearst Television released the following statement:
"WTAE has ended its relationship with anchor Wendy Bell. Wendy's recent comments on a WTAE Facebook page were inconsistent with the company's ethics and journalistic standards."