BUSTED: Voice of America reporter outed as Trump-loving Reddit user who called journalist April Ryan a ‘caged gorilla’
Former Reddit user UncleSam4200 used to brag about being a Washington reporter and even joked that his career would be in hot water if he was ever outed, but expressed doubt that he’d ever be found out.
Now, Mediaite has revealed the former fixture on the pro-Trump subreddit r/TheDonald, is a reporter named Josh Fatzick — and is employed by Voice of America, the government’s overseas news broadcast.
Prior to deleting his account, Fatzick was a frequent user of racist, homophobic and transphobic slurs. He would “jokingly” refer to black people as “apes” and call people he disagreed with “f*ggot” and “tr*nny.”
Using information about his college, sports preferences and former employment at the right-wing Daily Caller website, Mediaite tracked Fatzick down — and discovered that he often made his bigoted posts and comments while working his taxpayer-subsidized job.
“That’s why I have a job where I can spend most of my day making mindless Reddit comments,” he reportedly admitted.
Fatzick apparently used to enjoy criticizing liberal media figures, a harkening back to his days at the Caller.
“OF F*CKING COURSE Affirmative Action April has to start screeching like a god damn caged gorilla at the first mention of African Americans,” he wrote once, referencing veteran White House correspondent April Ryan.
Discussing a segment in which a Fox News sports writer infamously began discussing breasts on CNN, Fatzick then took aim at host Brooke Baldwin’s body, claiming “she’s just mad cuz shes got itty bitty titties [sic]” and that she’s “f*cking r*tarded.”
Fatzick claimed to hate Asian women and regularly made derogatory comments about former First Lady Michelle Obama, and also made numerous sexist comments — in one instance, he called his girlfriend’s mother a “c*nt.” In another, he demanded a woman who posted a bikini selfie to “SHOW YOUR F*CKING TITS!”
“Voice of America has zero tolerance for public or personal racist, sexist, or politically biased social media communications. Our policies make it very clear that such behavior is prohibited. We are investigating these reports as quickly as possible and will respond accordingly,” VOA Director Amanda Bennett said in a statement. “In the meantime, the individual in question has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”
(Note: Updated with a statement from VOA)