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Pittsburgh TV anchor fired after FB post on shootings

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 31, 2016 2:56 AM
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Allegheny County detectives look over the scene of a shooting on Thursday, March 10, 2016 in Wilkinsburg, Pa. Police say multiple people were killed in the shooting late Wednesday and several were injured in suburban Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Pittsburgh) -- Pittsburgh television station WTAE says it has ended its relationship with anchorwoman Wendy Bell over racial comments she posted on Facebook about a mass shooting in Wilkinsburg. 

Parent company Hearst Television says her comments were "inconsistent with the company's ethics and journalistic standards.'' 

Bell, who is white, speculated about the identities of the two men who fatally shot five black people in the poor Allegheny County suburb March 9.

She said they likely were "young black men'' with "multiple siblings from multiple fathers,'' despite having no description of the gunmen from police. 

After a social media backlash, Bell apologized, saying her words "could be viewed as racist.''

The station also apologized. 

Bell says she didn't get a "fair shake.'' 

She says the real story is the toll violence is taking within black communities.  

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