Skip to comments.San Antonio weatherman says MLK slur was mistake
Posted on 01/20/2014 8:20:05 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
A San Antonio weatherman apologized Thursday for using a racially insensitive term while referencing Martin Luther King Jr. Day during KABB FOX 29's morning broadcast.
Meteorologist Mike Hernandez referred to the upcoming holiday meant to celebrate the life of the civil rights leader as Martin Luther 'coon' Day.
The word has historically been used as a racist term to refer to African Americans.
The station issued an apology via their Facebook page and Hernandez later said he was sorry for what he claims was a mispronunciation.
Hernandez apologized to those who were offended by the mistake and told the San Antonio Express-News that he is mortified anyone would think he intended to use a the racial slur on the air.
It was absolutely a slip of the tongue, he said. I would never ever, ever say anything like that intentionally. It just came out.
Horace Brown, vice president for the San Antonio Branch of the NAACP, declined to comment on the incident.
Responses on social media erupted after the San Antonio FOX affiliate posted an apology to Facebook.
Meteorologist Mike Hernandez unintentionally said a term when trying to reference Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This term is racially insensitive, the station wrote. We do not tolerate this language. We sincerely apologize to you, our viewers, for the use of this offensive language on our air.
Please know that we take this seriously and we are taking action internally. We appreciate each and every one of our FOX San Antonio viewers and this in no way reflects the views of our station, the post continued.
Hernandez said he meant to say Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Monday, but in his hurry to get it out, he misspoke. In every subsequent reference in the broadcast he made a point to say King's name slowly and clearly, he said.
KABB General Manager Dean Radla said he reviewed the tape and believes it was clearly a case of Mike misspeaking. Radla said his biggest concern is that we don't want to offend anybody who heard it.
Radla added that the station would issue an on-air apology during its 9 p.m. broadcast and on the morning show, FOX News First which airs from 5 to 9 a.m. on KABB.
Hernandez said he was meeting with station leaders Thursday to discuss the matter. Radla said the station was handling it internally, and that Hernandez would continue to do weather on KABB and fill in occasionally on its sister station, WOAI.
Before coming to KABB's weekend news some four years ago, Hernandez worked at WOAI (then KMOL) from 1989-99, and for years as the main meteorologist at an Albuquerque, N.M., station.
He said he didn't receive any calls or complaints at the station during the broadcast and continued with the morning show.
I'm from the old school, Hernandez, 57, said. You make a mistake, you just keep going.
A guy who makes mistakes like this needs to work behind the camera instead of in front of it.
Martin Luther ‘coon’ Day”.
I think people should simply choose to ignore the holiday if they don’t like it. If you aren’t thinking about something, you aren’t going to say something about it.
He should be embarrassed, since it’s Martin Luther King Boulevard day.
I guess Cinco de Mayo is S-— day?
Does anyone here remember the ON AIR skit Richard Pryor did with Chevy Chase during the first season of Saturday Night Live? They were trading nicknames for each other’s race....funny stuff.
It ended when Chase said, very strongly and forcefully, the “N” word, to b which Pryor replied, “Dead Honky!” Uproarious laughter, and generally people were not all that offended. Back then, SNL was a mere mouthpiece for the left....they poked fun at everyone.
Also, children generally were not watching tv at that hour.
LOL! A latino!
BTW, maybe the term can now be “wind”. My neighborhood last year, after 40 years of being the pinnacle of PC before it was cool, changed a teeny road name from “Coon Hunt” to “April Wind” because it was offensive and they were sure it was intentionally racist. Again, in a commie planned town that thinks it’s the pinnacle of human superiority and has since inception.
Yes it’s such a big incident I hope he is destroyed and let’s pass new federal, state and local laws and spend billions on this. Maybe counseling for those who heard it.
Give me a frigging break.
Mike Hernandez - La Raza Member?
I can understand how it was a slip of the tongue.
It's been years since I consulted the television for a weather forecast anyhow. There's more information about the weather on the Internet then you'd ever want to know and now I even get it on my smartphone.
Say “king” and “monday” at the same time
Me too. You say it fast, and it can happen. Simple mistake. But the left doesn’t see it that way.
So long, Mike.
It’s “Frederick Douglass Day” for me!
Isn’t April wind sort of potty mouth lingo?
But if he said Reagan was a %&&^* &*#@!!@# #@!$#@! It would have been fine. “These things happen” etc
its ok- they are ‘taking action’
What can be fun is the party line intercom by the production staff. Some of that I actually miss.
An audio guy made me a copy of “What The F Is Going On In Tape” years ago. R rated but funny. Some other guy set part of the director’s track with the obscenities to a rap beat.
Maybe he is Gay, and just has a lisp.
He should have explained that what he actually said “Martin Luther Kuhn,” and that he temporarily confused the civil rights advocate with physicist and science philosopher Thomas Kuhn.
I worked in a mix race state mental hospital job back in the 1960s. I was a kid....18(good money for a kid who was in full time college in the daytime) the older guys hung out together and partied, but they said their racist stuff behind the other guys backs....my supervisor who was white and would come out with slurs all the time, had a best friend who was black. funny world.
back to my point. the first time I heard the ‘ML Coon’ thing, from my supervisor, was back before King was assassinated.... it is an old one.
Sure thing, I mix up coon and junior on a daily basis
Sacred cows battling it out in the arena of PC victimhood. Enjoy.
This banning words sure can get tricky sometimes
He looked like a creepy ass cracker.
Martin Luther ‘coon’ Day.
Back in the early 1960s, there was an editor of a farm magazine in Arkansas who always referred to MLK by that term in his editorials.
I remember that! Richard Pryor was funny! One of the very few times I ever watched SNL.
Craniorectumitis - needs a proctologist for emergency brain surgery.
The truth will out.
Another one them White Hispanics.
Funny, because most people do not understand King and what he stood for. We just have a day off and a road named after him. Next month we celebrate Washington's Birthday, the cool guy on Mt. Rushmore that National Treasure II was based on. Then we celebrate Independence day, the day we defeated the Japanese in WWII.
Sorry, I don’t know how to post pictures here.
We call it “Martin Luther the King Day” after that Eddie Murphy movie.
I thought it was the day we defeated the aliens.
A friend of mine said her dad used to say “Marching Luther King Day.”
The EZ at the end of his name will give him partial immunity. Unless of course he’s a “White hispanic” in which case he has NO immunity and will have to suffer the consequences of Speaking While White.
I love it when minorities play the racist game against each other. Its a win win situation.
Gotta be Columbia, MD. I used to live there. lol