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A news anchor for WTTG-TV out of Washington, D.C., has been suspended following backlash he and the station received after he tweeted that he was "annoyed" over "obese people" being prioritized for the coronavirus vaccines over essential workers like him.
On Tuesday, McCoy tweeted, "I'm annoyed obese people of all ages get priority vaccine 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."
McCoy took heat from fellow Twitter users over his post and deleted the message. Within hours, he tweeted, "Earlier today I Tweeted something insensitive and offensive. I truly regret my words and want to apologize. I have deleted my tweet and ask that you accept my sincere apology."
But McCoy continued to be lambasted by users who claimed his apology wasn't sincere, pointing to an earlier response he sent that explained his original tweet and appeared to defend his position.
He wrote, "I deleted because, frankly, who has the time to argue with strangers on the internet. But many people I know have quietly cut the line through various ways in various states. Rules seen as inequitable or unjust erode confidence in system & drive urge to cheat it."
Earlier today I Tweeted something insensitive and offensive. I truly regret my words and want to apologize. I have… https://t.co/7nvhqL5dRA— Blake McCoy (@Blake McCoy)1614118147.0
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