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TV Station Fires Staffer Over ‘Straight Pride’ Post

An Ohio television station fired a longtime staffer after she posted a message on her personal Facebook page promoting heterosexual pride.

Television station WFMJ in Youngstown dismissed Madonna Chism Pinkard over a humorous “Straight Pride” mem that was posted during pride month for gay people.

Ms. Pinkard, an award-winning broadcaster, had been employed by the NBC affiliate since 2004.

The post, on her personal page, featured a meme with a newlywed man and woman that stated, “Celebrate Straight Pride,” “It’s Natural, It Has Worked for Thousands of Years,” “And You Can Make Babies!”

That statement apparently contradicts company policy at WFMJ, a television station owned by the Maag family. They launched an immediate investigation that eventually led to Ms. Pinkard’s dismissal.

“WFMJ has terminated the employment of our Community Relations Director following her unauthorized post on a company-linked social media site last week,” the company wrote on ...