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News Reporter Fired Over Pro-Trump Facebook Post

| by Jordan Smith

A news reporter at KRIV in Houston has been fired after posting her opinion about President-elect Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 victory on her Facebook page.

Scarlett Fakhar wrote the message, which also criticized President Barack Obama, on her private page, the Dallas Morning News reported.

But the page is also accessible to the public.

“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,” wrote Fakhar, according to the Morning News.

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Fakhar also noted that she was “happy and relieved” after Trump’s win.

She went on to argue that Obama “has made the entire country hate one another.”

“I hate to say it … but the number of African Americans killing one another far outweighs the number of them being killed by whites,” added Fakhar.

Her post quickly drew criticism.

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“As a Journalist, you are taught (I hope) to stay unbiased and just report the story. But, some feel that they should be able to speak up,” wrote Scott Jones on FTV Live.

A spokeswoman for KRIV initially said she had no comment to Fakhar’s post.

On Nov. 17, Fakhar revealed her employer’s decision to her Facebook fans.

“Fox 26 Houston fired me today for expressing my conservative views on my private Facebook page,” wrote Fakhar, the Morning News reported. “That is all I will say for now.”

However, she later returned to the page to make an allegation.

“Guess what fans!!?? Fox 26 Houston is trying to take my fan page down now! DON’T LET THEM!” she wrote.

Fakhar later deleted the post about Trump and struck a more apologetic tone.

“It was wholly inappropriate, as a journalist, to do that,” she wrote.

According to Jones, several other news reporters expressed their own personal views in the wake of the election outcome.

“If you [are] a Journalist, you don't get that option. I'm sorry it comes with the territory,” one viewer wrote, according to FTV Live.

The Morning News pointed out that avoiding bias is a key part of the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. The organization’s guide also states that reporters should “distinguish between advocacy and news reporting.”

Sources: Dallas Morning News, FTV Live / Photo credit: Scarlett Fakhar/Facebook via Daily Mail

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