Lauren Podell, a local anchor for NBC in Detroit, Michigan has reportedly resigned after some of her comments were made public. According to Sam Riddle, a former chief of staff for former Councilwoman Monica Conyers, he overheard Podell making racist statements after a segment while talking to a crew member who neglected to report the language to anyone.
Riddle then posted what he’d heard on Twitter and called for protests about systemic racism both locally and across the US:
— samriddle (@samriddle) November 12, 2016
This isn’t the first time Podell has gotten in trouble for things she said while on the job. In 2013 she was reprimanded for comments made to a co-worker while on live television:
I don’t have … I don’t know when we’re going, neither does Jim, I can’t get this fucking in there!
The following day Channel 4 sent Riddle an email apologizing for the incident. The email ensured Riddle that an investigation was done “swiftly” and that “appropriate actions were taken.” Though at this point it didn’t seem that Podell had been asked to leave as the letter also talks about taking this incident as an opportunity for “reflection, education and change.”
By Wednesday night though Channel 4 had announced that Podell would resign. It’s more than likely that she only did so because of the outrage on social media and the demonstrations that were planned for the following morning. According to Riddle, the demonstrations are still going to be held as scheduled. It seems that their ‘appropriate actions’ have struck the black community in Detroit as too little, too late. Riddle and others are still waiting for a more heartfelt and more public apology.
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