The Massachusetts-based newspaper reporter resigned Friday after his Thursday tweet falsely claimed that the man who murdered five employees at the Capital Gazzete newspaper dropped his “Make America Great Again” hat at the crime scene.
His ‘resignation’ comes as his previous employer speaks out vehemently against his actions.
Conor Berry’s now-deleted tweet read, “Shooter who killed 4 people at Annapolis newspaper dropped his #MAGA hat on newsroom floor before opening fire.”
Berry covered politics and crime for The Republican, has issued an apology tweet for his “stupid” and “regrettable” tweet Friday, conceding that his mistake caused his 21-year career as a journalist to come to a “screeching halt.”
Folks, My 21-year career as a "journalist," a fancy term that makes my skin crawl, frankly, came to a screeching halt yesterday with one stupid, regrettable tweet. Can't take it back; wish I could. My sincere apologies to all good, hardworking reporters and to POTUS supporters.
— CONOR BERRY (@CBerry413) June 29, 2018
“I am ashamed of my tweet, which taints the good work of fair-minded journalists everywhere,” Berry added in a statement.
According to Conor’s previous employer, The Republican, the initial Twitter post was quickly taken down after an editor at the newspaper became aware of it. Although the post was created very shortly after initial reports of the gunman surfaced.
The Republican’s chief editor, Wayne Phaneuf, released a statement claiming that it’s important than ever for journalists remain fair and accurate.
“We need to be more vigilant than ever to be fair and accurate in a climate in which we are scrutinized and criticized. The Republican newspaper and our partners at MassLive.com are committed to report the news with the truth paramount,” said Phaneuf.
Conor Berry’s twitter bio now reads, “Former newspaper reporter”