While many people were left seeing red over yet another mass shooting following the massacre in the Capital Gazette newsroom, one journalist reported on a different kind of red favored by supporters of President Trump—and now he's resigned because of it. Fox News reports that after the Annapolis shooting on Thursday, Conor Berry, a reporter for the Republican newspaper in Springfield, Mass., tweeted a photo of a red "Make America Great Again" baseball cap and wrote that the shooter had "dropped his #MAGA hat on newsroom floor before opening fire" (Fox has a screenshot of the since-deleted tweet).
Except that wasn't true, and Berry resigned from his job one day later. "Folks, My 21-year career as a 'journalist,' a fancy term that makes my skin crawl, frankly, came to a screeching halt yesterday with one stupid, regrettable tweet," he tweeted Friday. "Can't take it back; wish I could. My sincere apologies to all good, hardworking reporters and to POTUS supporters." The 49-year-old explained himself further to the Boston Globe. "It was a snarky, sarcastic, cynical remark, and there's nothing I can do to take it back," he says, adding he's sorry for such a tweet because it "feeds the warped minds of people who think we wake up every day and try to push an agenda." (Read more Capital Gazette shooting stories.)