Scarlett Fakhar is a Houston, Texas television reporter who was fired
after she wrote a pro Donald Trump post on Facebook criticizing Barack Obama and bringing up black-on-black crime. Fakhar has fired back against those who have accused her of racism, saying she is part-Iranian (her father was an Iranian immigrant) and claiming that news outlets were not reporting the full context of what she said. Her television station, KRIV-TV, terminated her after the post. She occasionally covers politics, and journalists are supposed to stay away from taking political stances. In the post on her private Facebook page, Fakhar wrote that she was happy and relieved because of the 2016 presidential election results. She then wrote that America has become more "violent and racist" under the Obama administration. She also wrote that the number of African-Americans killing one another outweighs the number of African-Americans killed by whites. The post has generated a strong reaction, with some people posting support for Fakhar on Facebook and others criticizing her for stepping outside her role as neutral journalist. The blog FTVLive,
criticized Fakhar and another journalist. Fakhar initially apologized, but it didn't prevent her firing. She then accused the Houston television station of firing her because of her conservative viewpoints. She had said
, "I profusely apologize for making public my personal views on the outcome of the election and other issues. It was wholly inappropriate, as a journalist, to do that. Again, my sincere apologies."
The Dallas Morning News reported
that Fakhar's television station did not comment on her original Facebook post.