“Can’t go back; I wish I could,” wrote Conor Berry, a former reporter for the Republican party in Boston, Mass., after posting a Twitter message suggesting that a Maryland shooting suspect had “Make America Great Again” hat at the office of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md.
A reporter in Boston, Mass., dismissal from his job Friday after posting a Twitter message falsely stating that Maryland shooting suspect Jarrod Ramos had “Make America Great Again” hat at the office of the Capital Gazette.
Springfield Republican reporter resigns after tweet about Maryland newspaper shooter https://t.co/FpVj7abeqk
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 30, 2018
Conor Berry, who wrote for the Republican, tweeted a photo of a MAGA hat Thursday, and suggested that Ramos had left him at the Gazette office reportedly five dead official Gazette employees.
Conor Berry, who worked for the Springfield, Massachusetts paper, The Republican, says his tweet was intended as a “snarky, sarcastic, cynical note.”
Resistance was quickly. Berry deleted the tweet and apologized in a follow-up tweet on Friday morning.
“People, My 21-year career as a “journalist”, a nice term that makes my skin crawl, to be honest, it came to a screeching halt yesterday with a stupid, unfortunate tweet,” Barry wrote. “Can’t go back; I wish I could. Since my apologies to all the good, hardworking journalists, and POTUS supporters.”
People, My 21-year career as a “journalist”, a nice term that makes my skin crawl, to be honest, it came to a screeching halt yesterday with a stupid, unfortunate tweet. Can’t go back; I wish I could. My sincere apologies to all the good, hardworking journalists, and POTUS supporters.
— CONOR BERRY (@CBerry413) June 29, 2018
Berry told the Boston Globe that the tweet was intended to be a “snarky, sarcastic, cynical note.”
In his resignation letter, Berry admitted that his tweet “turns to the good work of honest journalists everywhere.”
Wayne Phaneuf, executive editor of the Republican, said journalists should be “more vigilant than ever” in their efforts to be fair and accurate.
President Donald Trump, who has often criticized journalists for reporting “fake news”, on Friday, said: “Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of violent attacks, while doing their work.”
Berry was not the first journalist to apologize for a tweet suggesting that the president or one of his followers shared resonsibility for Thursday’s massacre.
Reuters reporter Rob Cox tweeted Thursday, “This is what happens when @realDonaldTrump calls from journalists and the enemy of the people. Blood is on your hands, Mr. President. Save your thoughts and prayers for your empty soul.”
The tweet was later removed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.