A Baltimore TV anchor was ousted days after she acquired backlash for asking a query surrounding the race, gender and management talents of the town’s latest mayors that some viewers deemed “racist and sexist.”
Mary Bubala, the anchor for CBS affiliate WJZ-TV’s four p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts, not labored on the tv station as of Monday, 4 days after her query to Loyola College Maryland professor Karsonya “Kaye” Smart Whitehead led to a firestorm of criticism, the station’s supervisor Audra Swain instructed the Baltimore Solar.
Bubala confirmed her departure in a Fb submit Tuesday and mentioned the station she’s labored at since 2003 was “pressured” to let her go.
“In my 22 years of working in TV information in Baltimore – 15 of these years with WJZ – I’ve at all times handled folks with the utmost respect and dignity. I cherished my job as a result of I cherished the folks of Baltimore,” Bubala wrote within the submit. “…Sadly, I now stand within the path of the twister. WJZ was pressured to let me go. I’m saddened and shocked by this determination. Baltimore Metropolis has been my residence for 25 years and I treasure and am so grateful for the relationships I’ve made with the folks of Baltimore throughout this time.”
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The anchorwoman started receiving backlash on Thursday after she interviewed Whitehead on-air and requested concerning the final three Baltimore mayors — Sheila Dixon, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Catherine Pugh, who resigned final week amid state and federal investigations into gross sales of her youngsters’s guide.
“We’ve had three feminine, African-American mayors in a row. They have been all passionate public servants. Two resigned, although. Is that this a sign totally different type of management is required to maneuver Baltimore Metropolis ahead?” Bubala requested Whitehead.
Whitehead responded to the query by saying she didn’t imagine the Maryland metropolis wanted a change in management.
Many viewers instantly slammed Bubala for asking the query, together with Micki Mayo, the previous president of the Baltimore Affiliation of Black Journalists (BABJ).
“Soooooo this occurred following the resignation of #Baltimore Mayor #CatherinePugh. URGH! I am not even certain I wish to hear the excuse for this. I am cringing and cursing,” Mayo tweeted together with a video of Bubala asking the query.
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One other Twitter person additionally wrote, “As a Black man in America, I discovered your query about having three feminine African American on this night newscast offensive . In a Metropolis, which is over 60% black , you’ve got offended hundreds of individuals. You owe your listeners an apology.”
Bubala was fast to apologize and launched a press release on Thursday and Friday saying she was “so deeply sorry and sincerely remorse the phrases I selected.” She concluded the apology by asking viewers to let her regain their belief. The criticism continued, nonetheless, and BABJ launched a press release Monday calling Bubala’s query “racist and sexist.”
“The query implies race and gender are qualifiers in a single’s capability to guide whereas additionally demonizing African-People and ladies as poor leaders,” BABJ’s assertion learn. “…Whereas Bubala apologized with a tweet Might three, there was no acknowledgment of the gaffe or apology on-air by her, WJZ-TV or CBS. That is unacceptable for the reason that apology ought to be administered in the identical trend that the damaging query was delivered.”
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Bubala defined in her Monday assertion that she was barred from doing an on-air apology.
“Final week I noticed I made a mistake within the language I used on air. I instantly apologized for any damage I unintentionally induced. I acquired speedy help from WJZ as a result of they knew it was not in my coronary heart to deliberately trigger this type of hurt,” the longtime anchor mentioned. “I wished to do an on-air apology however was not allowed. I hope that the folks of Baltimore know that I might by no means do something to harm anybody.”
Bubala concluded by saying she’s going to battle to revive her fame.
“I totally intend to battle to revive my fame as a result of I’ve invested my coronary heart and soul in my work and my metropolis. Thanks Baltimore for all your help throughout this troublesome time period. It means a lot to me,” she mentioned.