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Detroit Free Press Apologizes For Reporter's Offensive Comments On WV Water Crisis

Reported: Jan. 14, 2014 4:35 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 9:58 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Heath Harrison) -- The publisher of the Detroit Free Press apologized Tuesday for an offensive comment posted on Twitter by one of the paper’s journalists regarding the West Virginia water crisis.

On Monday, reporter Zlati Meyer had posted, "#WestVirginia has its tainted water problem under ctrl. Now, it can work on incest."

Meyer’s comments immediately drew harsh criticism from others on Twitter.

Meyer eventually deleted the comments and posted, “I realize the people of #WestVirginia have been going through a lot. My joke was in very poor taste. I can't apologize enough.”

In a statement posted on the paper’s website Tuesday, Detroit Free Press editor and publisher Paul Anger addressed Meyer’s remarks.

“The Free Press and Zlati Meyer sincerely apologize for her attempt at humor, which appeared on social media, related to the chemical spill that tainted tap water in West Virginia,” the statement read. “Zlati apologizes personally, and the Free Press apologizes as an organization. We are extremely sorry that this happened. We can empathize with the hardships endured by West Virginians in their water crisis, and both Zlati and the Free Press regret any further distress that her ill-advised remark might have caused.”



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