In an age when there are actually people who are offended by Mr. Potato Head having a male or female gender, it’s shocking that there are news reporters who still make — easily avoidable — career-ending social media posts.
According to The Hill, the latest example of a news anchor finding himself in hot water was Blake McCoy, a Washington, D.C. Fox-affiliate anchor who was just suspended after he published a now-deleted Twitter post in which he was critical of the fact that “obese people of all ages” were eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination before essential workers.
The crazy thing is that it’s not as if he slipped up while live, on-air, which can happen to the best of us. McCoy went out of his way to essentially fat-shame all obese people standing in line waiting to receive their vaccinations, and the backlash was swift and harsh.
When the internet is forever pic.twitter.com/BgTuvAVSKh
— ❄️Not That Guy (@DropMikeWilson) February 23, 2021
“I truly regret my words and want to apologize,” McCoy said, but many called into question McCoy’s level of sincerity in his apology, as it was revealed in a back-and-forth exchange with another Twitter user that he deleted his original post for one specific reason.
“I deleted because, frankly, who has the time to argue with strangers on the internet,” his response said. Of course, most tweets from anyone even remotely famous are archived, as you can see in the tweet below.
🙄 Below you’ll see the first reason the tweet was deleted: pic.twitter.com/GOY19H902k
— Ben (@DuhBen) February 23, 2021
McCoy’s issue was apparently with the fact that many states are prioritizing people with pre-existing medical conditions, who statistically have a higher chance of having a more difficult time fighting off the virus, for the COVID-19 vaccine. Those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more qualify for higher-priority in Washington D.C. with regard to reserving a vaccination appointment.
According to People, Fox 5 spokesperson Erica Keane didn’t specify how long McCoy was suspended. “Blake McCoy has been suspended from WTTG-FOX 5 pending further review,” Keane said in a statement.