A St. Louis newscaster apologized for utilizing a racist slur when
referring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s title, saying that he mispronounced his
KTVI’s Kevin Steincross stated that it was “not intentional in any manner” when he stated “Martin Luther co*n Jr.,” throughout a information report about an upcoming tribute on the civil rights chief on Thursday, in keeping with the St. Louis Dispatch.
“I need to take a second to apologize,” he stated. “We’ve got heard
from a viewer a couple of mistake I made in our 5 a.m. newscast. In our story about
the tribute to Dr. King, I sadly mispronounced his title. Please know I
have complete respect for Dr. King, what he meant and what he continues to imply to
our nation. This was not intentional in any manner, and I sincerely apologize.”
Steincross’ use of the slur is similar to that of Jeremy Kappell, a Rochester, New York meteorologist, who appeared to stumble over his phrases when he stated, “Martin Luther c*on King Jr. Park.” Kappell was fired from his job, however obtained help from weatherman Al Roker and Dr. Bernice King, Rev. King’s daughter, each who stated they felt he ought to nonetheless have his job.
Tribune Broadcasting referred to as Steincross’ feedback an “inadvertent”
mistake and stated he received’t be punished.
“The Fox2 administration workforce spoke to Kevin following the error
and we consider that it was actually inadvertent and doesn’t mirror Kevin’s core
beliefs,” a Tribune spokesperson instructed the St. Louis Dispatch. “Kevin is
extraordinarily upset by the error and regrets it deeply.”