Ohio News Station Fires Employee For Post Promoting ‘Straight Pride’

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An employee with a news station in Ohio was fired over a post advocating for celebrating “straight pride” during LGBTQ Pride Month.

Madonna Chism Pinkard, who had served as the community relations director for WFMJ TV, was let go from her position with the news station after sharing an “unauthorized post” the week before, the news station announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday, according to Mahoning Matters.

Pinkard had reportedly shared the post about “straight pride” on her personal Facebook page while using a photo of the news station as her profile picture.

“WFMJ has terminated the employment of our Community Relations Director following her unauthorized post on a company-linked social media site last week,” the news station wrote in its post. “WFMJ is committed to serving our entire community with the respect we believe all people deserve.”

The news station added that it did “not condone such actions” and continued to “apologize” to its viewers for the unauthorized post.

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