Here’s a story that’s sure to piss a lot of people off: Scarlett Fakhar, an anchor at Fox 26 in Houston, was fired after she posted her political beliefs (specifically, pro-Trump and anti-Obama) on her Facebook page.
You might find yourself asking how Fox was able to get away for firing someone over this. Because Fakhar is a journalist, she’s held to journalistic codes and standards. Not sure if I agree, but that’s not up to me. According to the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics, it says that journalism ethics seek to avoid bias, and advises journalists to “avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived” as well as to “distinguish between advocacy and news reporting.”
Via Dallas Morning News:
A Houston television reporter has been fired after making a Facebook post that expressed joy at the winner of last week’s presidential election and criticized the Obama administration.
Fakhar, 25, posted last week on her personal Facebook page, which is viewable by the public, that she was “happy and relieved” after the election.
“I prayed for the best leader that will turn this country that has become more violent and racist under the Obama administration than ever … into the America I once knew,” she wrote in a since-deleted post.
She continued, saying that President Barack Obama “has made the entire country hate one another” and that “I hate to say it … but the number of African Americans killing one another far outweighs the number of them being killed by whites.”