After the shooting at a newspaper in Annapolis yesterday, a journalist for a Massachusetts newspaper claimed on Twitter that the shooter was wearing a Make America Great Again hat. He has since resigned.
The Daily Caller reports:
REPORTER WHO FALSELY CLAIMED ANNAPOLIS SHOOTER WORE MAGA HAT RESIGNS
A reporter at a Massachusetts-based newspaper resigned Friday after falsely claiming in a tweet Thursday that the man who killed five employees at the Capital Gazzete newspaper left a “Make America Great Again” hat at the crime scene.
“Shooter who killed 4 people at Annapolis newspaper dropped his #MAGA hat on newsroom floor before opening fire,” Conor Berry, a reporter at The Republican in Springfield, Mass., wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
Berry, who covered politics and crime for The Republican, apologized for the “stupid” and “regrettable” tweet Friday, adding that it made his 21-year career as a journalist come to a “screeching halt.”
Folks, My 21-year career as a "journalist," a fancy term that makes my skin crawl, frankly, came to a screeching halt yesterday with one stupid, regrettable tweet. Can't take it back; wish I could. My sincere apologies to all good, hardworking reporters and to POTUS supporters.
— CONOR BERRY (@CBerry413) June 29, 2018
Berry’s bio on Twitter now reads: “Former newspaper reporter.”
Berry took full responsibility for the tweet in a resignation notice posted Friday on The Republican’s website.
“I am ashamed of my tweet, which taints the good work of fair-minded journalists everywhere,” Berry said.
At least he did the right thing by resigning.