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Baltimore News Anchor Fired After Tone-Deaf Question About Former Mayors Is Called Out For Being Racist And Sexist

Catherine Pugh, the former mayor of Baltimore, was recently forced out of her position in the midst of a self-dealing scandal related to her children's book.

It seems, however, that this story is like a magnet for career-ending mistakes.

While interviewing someone about former Mayor Pugh, one Baltimore news anchor made a comment that ultimately lead to her firing.


During the newscast, anchor Mary Bubala was interviewing Loyola University Maryland professor Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead.

She asked the professor:

"We've had three female African American mayors in a row. They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Is this a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?"

Video of the question quickly went viral.

Bubala quickly offered an apology via Twitter.


The Baltimore Association of Black Journalists felt that Bubala's apology didn't go far enough, as it wasn't made on the air.

The BABJ also issued a statement elaborating on why the question was so harmful:

"This question implies race and gender are qualifiers in one's ability to lead while also demonizing African-Americans and women as poor leaders. We feel certain Bubala would not have asked this same question of white male leadership."
"Moreover, the implicit bias present in Bubala's interview should be addressed company-wide at WJZ-TV, with a concerted effort to avoid marginalizing by race and gender, particularly in a city whose population reflects its leadership demographics."

It seems that Bubala's words were too little too late.

Shortly thereafter, WJZ general manager Audra Swain announced the anchor had been fired.

"Mary Bubala is no longer a WJZ-TV employee. The station apologizes to its viewers for her remarks."

Bubala responded to her firing in an email to The Baltimore Sun:

"In my 22 years of working in TV news in Baltimore—15 of those years with WJZ—I have always treated people with the utmost respect and dignity. I loved my job because I love the people of Baltimore. Last week I realized I made a mistake in the language I used on air. I immediately apologized for any hurt I unintentionally caused."
"Unfortunately, I now stand in the path of the tornado. WJZ was forced to let me go. I am saddened and shocked by this decision [...] I fully intend to fight to restore my reputation because I've invested my heart and soul in my work and my city."


Many former city officials responded to Bubala's firing positively, including Pugh's predecessor, former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.


Former BABJ president Nicki Mayo also commented on the firing to The Sun, noting it was for the best:

"This was another ceremonial falling on the sword that continues to cut a serious hole in efforts for newsroom inclusion and diversity. She messed up. I get it. But you know that line, 'The mouth speaks the truth of the heart?' She told you how she feels."

Twitter was ashamed of Bubala's line of on-air questioning.






Bubala has worked for WJZ since 2003 and has been nominated for several local Emmys since that time.

That just goes to show:

ignorance isn't a good look on anybody.

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Warning: There may be spoilers if you have not watched the series finale of Game of Thrones.

Emilia Clarke wanted to ensure Daenerys Targaryen would nail that war-mongering scene in the final episode of Game of Thrones.

The 32-year-old actress – who portrays Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains (that's one character) – did what was necessary to convincingly portray the chilling moment as she spoke in Dothraki and Valyrian.

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Halsey has paid off a fan’s speeding ticket after the woman claimed she was driving too fast because she was enjoying her new single "Nightmare".

Twitter user Francesca claimed she was driving home from Pennsylvania State University when she was stopped for speeding.

“I got pulled over… for the first time ever and when asked why I was going 99 in a 70 I was dangerously close to admitting I was bangin out to Halsey’s new song Nightmare,” she said on social media.

“What’s your Venmo. I’ll pay your ticket. Drive safely please!” Halsey said on Twitter.

The singer’s music video for Nightmare, starring Debbie Harry and Cara Delevingne, was released on May 16, and has already reached over 15.5 million views on YouTube.

The original tweet was liked over 4,000 times, and caught the attention of Halsey herself, who transferred Francesca 250 US dollars for the ticket.


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A woman in New York has been praised by police for alerting them to a possible suicide attempt after she mistook a closed umbrella for a person wearing a "Handmaid's Tale" costume. Casey McCormick tweeted she thought she saw “a woman dressed as a handmaid about to jump from a building” and called 911.

The sighting turned out to be a table umbrella which, from a distance, looked much like a handmaid from the seminal Margaret Atwood novel "The Handmaid’s Tale".

The New York Police Department’s news account made it clear on Twitter that McCormick had done the right thing in alerting the authorities.

“Blessed be the umbrella. Thank you Casey and the @POPSUGAR team for alerting us to this crime, glad we could save the day,” they tweeted. “Jokes aside, if you’re ever hesitant about calling 911 – don’t be! We take all calls seriously, and worse case we get to go home with a great story.”

“Better safe than sorry!” one Twitter user replied.

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The conversation centered on the subject of pornography and its affect on relationships on Monday's episode of Red Table Talks on Facebook.

The discussion began backstage with her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne Banfield Norris when Smith said that 40 million people watch porn on a daily basis.

"Back in the day I had a little porn addiction," the 47-year-old admitted, but emphasized, "I wasn't in a relationship when I had a porn addiction, believe it or not, thank goodness."

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