A longtime Mississippi news anchor has apparently upset his station after an online post complaining about the amount of coverage dedicated to the LGBT communities.
Media blogger Jim Romenesko reported on Thursday that WLOX-TV anchor Dave Elliott (pictured above, center) wrote on Facebook that though he supported the fight for LGBT equality “in every way,” it seemed “like they’ve been in the news too much lately.”
“Maybe they should take a short break,” he continued. “Go on gaycation … just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!”
The station has not issued a formal statement regarding Elliott’s remarks, but did disavow them on its own Facebook page, stating that station management was not happy to receive any “free publicity” on account of Elliott’s remarks.
“Our station is committed to covering news that happens in our community, and issues important to our viewers — that includes the LGBT community,” the station posted. “Just this week, we aired several stories about the LGBT community on the coast and a march to the state capitol.”
The station also posted links to threestoriesregarding LGBT equality that it has aired this week, but Elliott did not do any reporting on them, nor was he the anchor who introduced them.
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