Reporter Resigns After Falsely Claiming Annapolis Shooter Was Wearing A MAGA Hat

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

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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.”

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.

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