Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick demands Zucker remove Fredricka Whitfield as host immediately

Fredricka Whitfield has had a rough few days. On Saturday, she called a gunman’s actions “courageous and brave;” on Sunday, she stated that she misspoke; and on Monday afternoon, she appeared on Brooke Baldwin’s show, and said she “sincerely apologize[d].”

Texas’ lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, sent a letter to CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker (on official government paper), saying:

On June 13, CNN News host Fredricka Whitfield said the gunman that opened fire at the Dallas Police headquarters and planted pipe bombs, was “courageous” and “brave” for his actions. I was shocked and appalled to hear her words. There is no excuse for anyone in any position, especially someone in the position as a news host on a national broadcast, to give praise to a person who deliberately planned to kill law enforcement officers.

In Texas, we have the highest respect for our police officers who risk their lives every day for our safety. Our police are the ones who are brave and courageous, not the man who tried to kill him. Law enforcement officials in Texas and across the nation are outraged by the fact that a CNN news host would insult the men and women who demonstrate real courage and real bravery by praising those who attempt to kill them.

Ms. Whitfield has since said she misspoke. Any fair analysis of her words would make it clear she did not misspeak. Her words were clearly what she meant to say. She still has not apologized.

Her shameful remarks are not acceptable in Texas or anywhere else in this nation. As Lt. governor of the state of Texas I am calling for CNN to remove Fredricka Whitfield as news host immediately and permanently. In addition, I’m asking for you, on behalf of CNN, to offer a written apology to the Dallas Police Department, all law enforcement officers everywhere and to the people of Texas for Ms. Whitfield’s appalling remarks. What she said is not only inexcusable, but it demonstrates a complete lack of respect to our men and women in uniform. I await your apology on behalf of CNN and your action regarding Ms. Whitfield.

3 replies

  1. This is so silly. She misspoke. Don’t people have anything better to do that call for her to get fired? Do they really think she supported the gunman? Geez. Doesn’t the Lt. Governor of TX have anything better to do?

  2. Be careful what you wish for. Remember that your beloved Fox News staff also make mistakes sometimes (and usually don’t apologize). Do you really want to go down the route of firing everybody who accidentally says something stupid? If so, game on, but it works in both directions, as does the pressure on sponsors tactic.

    I am pretty sure that no sane person of any political persuasion thought that the coward who attacked cops was brave or courageous. It was bat**** crazy and evil. I seriously doubt anyone this side of a prison cell saw that maniacs actions and thought it was a good thing. I think this was just a very bad verbal gaffe. I don’t think you will find very many non-psychopaths who thought this was in any way a good thing.

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