TV station sorry for anchor’s online post on cookout ambush

The head of a Pittsburgh TV station has apologized for an anchorwoman’s Facebook post about a mass shooting that he says showed an “egregious lack of judgment.”

WTAE president and general manager Charles Wolfertz III said Thursday that “appropriate action” will be taken after further consideration of Wendy Bell’s post.

Bell, who is white, posted thoughts Monday about the fatal shootings of five black people at a cookout in Wilkinsburg. She said the culprits are likely “young black men” with “multiple siblings from multiple fathers.” At the time, police hadn’t described the two gunmen, who remain at large.

In the same post, she praised a black restaurant worker in a way some readers felt was condescending.

Bell has also apologized. She said her words were “insensitive and could be viewed as racist.”

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