A Texas reporter who wrote a celebratory Facebook post after Donald Trump’s election win was fired from a Fox News affiliate this week.
Scarlett Fakhar was released from Houston’s KRIV-TV after the station learned of her Facebook support of Mr. Trump’s election victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Ms. Fakhar, the daughter of an Iranian immigrant, claims the post has been twisted to frame her as a racist for discussing media coverage of black-on-black crime.
“Since everyone is talking about how they woke up this morning…ill [sic] just go ahead and say I could barely sleep from how happy and relieved I was,” Ms. Fakhar posted Nov. 9. “I prayed about this for a long time. And now I know many of the God-fearing men and women out there have also. … Look what Obama has done … how he made the entire country hate one another. … I work in news … and I hate to say it … but the number of African Americans killing one another far outweighs the number of them being killed by whites. And now you have groups murdering police officers both black and white.”
A spokesman confirmed to the Houston Chronicle on Thursday that Ms. Fakhar was no longer employed at the station.
“The LIBERAL Houston Chronicle is WRONGFULLY saying I chastised African Americans,” Ms. Fakhar said Thursday while linking to the newspaper. “I have attached my FULL personal private Facebook page post that they did not report fully and accurately. The media has made this a RACE issue when in reality the matter boils down to a difference in political philosophy. As a multiracial person myself, I never have been or never will be racist. I simply stated the fact that the media continues to misrepresent the factual realities that there is NO more white on black crime than there is black on black crime.”
The newspaper’s story, which was updated late Thursday night, appears to have been edited to “Fakhar’s departure follows a controversial post she made on her personal Facebook page, extolling U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and chastising President Barack Obama.”