A Washington, D.C., Fox anchor was suspended on Tuesday after tweeting that he was annoyed “obese people of all ages get priority access before all essential workers.”
“When most stayed home, we went into work everyday last March, April, May, and everyday since putting ourselves & loved ones at risk,” Fox 5 News anchor Blake McCoy tweeted. “Vaccinate all essential workers. Then obese.”
When the internet is forever pic.twitter.com/BgTuvAVSKh— ❄️Not That Guy (@DropMikeWilson) February 23, 2021
Following McCoy's tweet, a Fox 5 spokesperson confirmed to People magazine that he had been suspended for his post.
“Blake McCoy has been suspended from WTTG-FOX 5 pending further review,” the spokesperson told People.
McCoy tweeted out an apology later that day saying he deleted the tweet that was “insensitive and offensive.”
Earlier today I Tweeted something insensitive and offensive. I truly regret my words and want to apologize.— Blake McCoy (@BlakeMcCoyDC) February 23, 2021
I have deleted my tweet and ask that you accept my sincere apology.
“I truly regret my words and want to apologize,” McCoy tweeted.
However, some on Twitter questioned his sincerity after he responded to another user on his original tweet saying “I deleted because, frankly, who has the time to argue with strangers on the internet.”
Below you’ll see the first reason the tweet was deleted: pic.twitter.com/GOY19H902k— Ben (@DuhBen) February 23, 2021
Vaccinations in Washington, D.C., have recently opened up to those who are pregnant, have preexisting conditions, are immunocompromised or have a BMI over 30.
The news comes as the U.S. has made concerted efforts to ramp up coronavirus vaccine distribution. The Biden administration secured additional vaccine doses earlier this month, bringing the total U.S. stock to 600 million doses.
President BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE on Thursday marked the 50 million coronavirus vaccines administered in the U.S. but warned that the country still has a long way to go to get to herd immunity.
The Hill has reached out to Fox 5 for comment.