A radio station in Cleveland fired a news anchor this week after he referred to Democrat Kamala Harris as the nation’s “first colored vice presidential candidate,” according to reports.
Anchor Kyle Cornell, 26, used the description of Harris in a news promo spot that aired during WTAM radio’s broadcast of a Cleveland Indians baseball game, Cleveland.com reported. Some baseball fans quickly posted negative reactions on social media, Cleveland’s WKYC-TV reported, yet the Democratic platform continues to accept the phrases “women of color” and so on.
Cornell’s ouster came one day after MLB’s Cincinnati Reds suspended broadcaster Thom Brennaman after he was heard on-air using an anti-gay slur while his game broadcast was coming back from a commercial break.
“The U.S. officially has its first colored vice presidential candidate. More coming up after the game on Newsradio WTAM 1100 Cleveland,” Cornell announced, according to the news site.
WTAM 1100 has fired an anchor who referred to Sen. Kamala Harris as the nation’s “first colored vice presidential candidate” in a news promo Wednesday night. https://t.co/dLkqOS7rOT
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) August 20, 2020
“Colored” has been considered an outdated term because many people associate it with slavery and the Jim Crow era of racial segregation and disenfranchisement. But why is it acceptable for Democrat candidates to call themselves and others “people of color” and “women of color” on national television with no criticism?
Yet another example of the hypocritical left attempting to ruin the career of a young and rising radio anchor.
WTAM released the following statement regarding the break that referred to Kamala Harris as the first "colored vice presidential candidate" last night during the Indians broadcast: pic.twitter.com/WQx2qlIvkp
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) August 20, 2020
Ray Davis, WTAM’s program and promotions director, issued a statement announcing Cornell’s dismissal.
“We are aware of the reference made on WTAM by Kyle Cornell,” Davis said in a statement. “We take this matter very seriously and addressed it immediately. The term used is extremely offensive and does not align with our station’s core values and commitment to the communities we serve. He is no longer with WTAM.”
After his firing, Cornell told WKYC that he meant no disrespect to Harris in using the word. Cornell apologized in an interview with WKYC-TV Cleveland on Thursday. “I wasn’t trying to be malicious or in any way decimate the character or anything like that,” the 26-year-old said. “That was never the goal. And for that, I am truly sorry.”
He also apologized to the station and his former colleagues, saying, “I just want them to understand it was a rough choice to make and that I accept my punishment. … I hope that they can forgive me for making a judgment in error and something that I know is not me.”