Tweet About MAGA Hat Costs Reporter His Job

Conor Berry suggested 'Capital Gazette' shooter dropped a MAGA hat in newsroom
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2018 8:40 AM CDT
Members in the audience hold up "Make America Great Again" hats at the conclusion of a speech by Vice President Mike Pence at an event on March 22, 2018, in Manchester, NH.   (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

(Newser) – 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.)

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