Wendy Bell was a former news anchor for WTAE, a Pittsburgh TV station. The company decided to let Bell go after she posted an offensive Facebook rant regarding a shooting at a cookout that left five people dead.
After a shooting ambush in Wilkensburg occurred, five people, including a pregnant mother and her unborn child were killed.
Bell then took to social media to say, “You needn't be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday. They are young black men, likely teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They've grown up there. They know the police. They've been arrested.”
After people began showing concern for her opinions, the TV station fired her and said that she violated the programs ethics and journalistic standards. However, now she's fighting back against the company and is suing.
Bell believes that she was only fired because she is white, and had she made those comments about white criminals then no serious action would have been taken. Bell is suing for her old job, punitive damage and back pay.
She also went on to say that this was unfair because in another post she praised a young Black man she saw working at a restaurant for his work ethic. So she basically tried to say that she can’t be racist because she had appreciation for the grit that one Black person demonstrated while they were simply working. And we have a feeling that she still doesn’t understand how that is still offensive.
Bell has brought 21 Emmys to the station and her firing has brought about mixed opinions. Many found her comments offensive while others have created support pages for her on Facebook.
(Photo: WTAE News)