Conservative journalist Amber Athey was fired from her job at a local radio news station for a tweet during the State of the Union that was called “racist.” The tweet poked fun at Vice President Kamala Harris for wearing an ugly, brown jacket, akin to those worn by UPS employees.
“Kamala looks like a UPS employee — what can brown do for you? Nothing good, apparently,” she tweeted.
Kamala looks like a UPS employee — what can brown do for you? Nothing good, apparently.
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) March 2, 2022
Athey wrote in Spectator World that “No one had a problem with the tweet until a few days later when I spoke critically of protests in favor of ‘trans kids’ at the University of North Texas.”
“A group of maniacal left-wing activists who want to chemically castrate children in the name of ‘gender affirmation’ came after me.
“All of a sudden, the Kamala tweet was being re-framed as racist and dozens of Twitter accounts were bragging about contacting my employers about my ‘bigotry,'” she wrote.
She said that while her employers at Spectator World “laughed at and promptly deleted the angry emails about my Kamala tweet, … this wasn’t the case for my radio station, WMAL.”
She said that she had received a call from the WMAL parent company’s vice president, who told her that she had been fired.
“All I wanted was my job back, but now I feel obligated to speak publicly about what has happened. This incident has destroyed the integrity and reputation of WMAL and Cumulus as hosts of conservative content. We spoke frequently about the dangers of censorship and cancel culture on our program, and yet here they are bowing to the mob. If I can be fired for making fun of the vice president’s outfit, every single host on a Cumulus station is in danger of losing their job at a moment’s notice. Political commentary is worthless if it can’t be used to speak truth to those in power without fear of professional consequences,” she wrote.