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San Antonio weatherman says MLK slur was mistake
My San Antonio ^ | 1/16/14 | KOLTEN PARKER, JEANNE JAKLE

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.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
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Sigh.
1 posted on 01/20/2014 8:20:05 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

A guy who makes mistakes like this needs to work behind the camera instead of in front of it.


3 posted on 01/20/2014 8:23:13 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

“Martin Luther ‘coon’ Day”.

LMAO...


4 posted on 01/20/2014 8:25:09 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


5 posted on 01/20/2014 8:25:51 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Altura Ct.

He should be embarrassed, since it’s Martin Luther King Boulevard day.


6 posted on 01/20/2014 8:26:32 AM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: SoFloFreeper

I guess Cinco de Mayo is S-— day?


7 posted on 01/20/2014 8:26:33 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


8 posted on 01/20/2014 8:27:37 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

LOL! A latino!

Schadenfreude....

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.


9 posted on 01/20/2014 8:27:46 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
In the words Chicago White Sox announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson:

listen here

10 posted on 01/20/2014 8:28:25 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: Zhang Fei

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.


11 posted on 01/20/2014 8:28:52 AM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Mike Hernandez - La Raza Member?


12 posted on 01/20/2014 8:29:09 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: SoFloFreeper

I can understand how it was a slip of the tongue.


13 posted on 01/20/2014 8:29:20 AM PST by TurkeyLurkey
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To: FReepers

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14 posted on 01/20/2014 8:31:53 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Tho inthenthitive


15 posted on 01/20/2014 8:31:56 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
If he's supposed to tell the weather, then why even mention MLK day? What could that possibly have to do with a weather forecast? If he just gave us the highs and lows and told us when it's going to rain, he'd avoid a lot of trouble and aggravation.

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.

16 posted on 01/20/2014 8:32:00 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: TurkeyLurkey

Say “king” and “monday” at the same time


17 posted on 01/20/2014 8:32:10 AM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: TurkeyLurkey

Me too. You say it fast, and it can happen. Simple mistake. But the left doesn’t see it that way.


18 posted on 01/20/2014 8:32:11 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

So long, Mike.

It’s “Frederick Douglass Day” for me!


19 posted on 01/20/2014 8:32:29 AM PST by onedoug
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Isn’t April wind sort of potty mouth lingo?


20 posted on 01/20/2014 8:33:05 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: SoFloFreeper
“I'm from the old school,” Hernandez, 57, said. “You make a mistake, you just keep going.”



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21 posted on 01/20/2014 8:33:48 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: SoFloFreeper

But if he said Reagan was a %&&^* &*#@!!@# #@!$#@! It would have been fine. “These things happen” etc


22 posted on 01/20/2014 8:34:36 AM PST by albie (ve`)
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To: SoFloFreeper

23 posted on 01/20/2014 8:35:13 AM PST by kcvl
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its ok- they are ‘taking action’


25 posted on 01/20/2014 8:39:34 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Zhang Fei

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.


26 posted on 01/20/2014 8:39:52 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Maybe he is Gay, and just has a lisp.


27 posted on 01/20/2014 8:41:03 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


28 posted on 01/20/2014 8:43:27 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


29 posted on 01/20/2014 8:44:05 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Sure thing, I mix up coon and junior on a daily basis


30 posted on 01/20/2014 8:44:12 AM PST by Nifster
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To: SoFloFreeper

Sacred cows battling it out in the arena of PC victimhood. Enjoy.


31 posted on 01/20/2014 8:44:22 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Oh-Oh! Looks to me like the libs are going to need to ban another word. We'll call this one "the C word". Wait! Don't we already have a "C word"?

This banning words sure can get tricky sometimes

32 posted on 01/20/2014 8:45:55 AM PST by skimbell
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To: PowderMonkey

“He looked like a creepy ass cracker.”


33 posted on 01/20/2014 8:48:29 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

“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.


34 posted on 01/20/2014 8:52:57 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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35 posted on 01/20/2014 8:54:33 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I remember that! Richard Pryor was funny! One of the very few times I ever watched SNL.


36 posted on 01/20/2014 8:54:49 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Craniorectumitis - needs a proctologist for emergency brain surgery.


37 posted on 01/20/2014 8:55:48 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The truth will out.


38 posted on 01/20/2014 8:56:49 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: SoFloFreeper

Another one them White Hispanics.


39 posted on 01/20/2014 8:58:08 AM PST by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: Dr.Deth
He should be embarrassed, since it’s Martin Luther King Boulevard day.

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.

40 posted on 01/20/2014 8:58:47 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: SoFloFreeper

http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/freudian-slip

Sorry, I don’t know how to post pictures here.


41 posted on 01/20/2014 9:12:37 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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42 posted on 01/20/2014 9:14:04 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: SoFloFreeper

We call it “Martin Luther the King Day” after that Eddie Murphy movie.


43 posted on 01/20/2014 9:15:34 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Zhang Fei
Fox news reporter on the "inauguration" - tough word to say
44 posted on 01/20/2014 9:15:48 AM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Jeff Chandler
A raccoon photo bomber on the lower right side!
45 posted on 01/20/2014 9:22:33 AM PST by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5)
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To: 11th Commandment
Then we celebrate Independence day, the day we defeated the Japanese in WWII.

I thought it was the day we defeated the aliens.

46 posted on 01/20/2014 9:27:26 AM PST by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: SoFloFreeper

A friend of mine said her dad used to say “Marching Luther King Day.”


47 posted on 01/20/2014 9:30:22 AM PST by TurkeyLurkey
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.


48 posted on 01/20/2014 9:32:30 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I love it when minorities play the racist game against each other. Its a win win situation.


49 posted on 01/20/2014 9:37:08 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Gotta be Columbia, MD. I used to live there. lol


50 posted on 01/20/2014 9:39:34 AM PST by Wage Slave
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