Fox10 Anchor Kari Lake finds herself in the middle of a public relations nightmare not of her own creation. She joined the Twitter alternative Parler.com. She was asked by management to leave the site. In a PRIVATE discussion with her co-anchor John Hook she was heard dropping the F bomb in reference to the Phoenix New Times. The conversation was accidentally carried on a live stream and put on the station website for three hours. Not only was the mistake NOT hers. The controversy is nonsense. I posted the comment she made when joining the site. There is nothing partisan about that comment or any other comment she's made.
But the real issue here is about political correctness and free speech. Twitter has admitted to pushing down, limiting and even silencing conservative viewpoints on its platform. Not only is an alternative a brilliant business idea, it's also necessary in the interest of fairness. I don't blame Kari for being upset. She is a seasoned professional. She is fully capable of maintaining her journalistic integrity and supporting a free speech alternative to Twitter. In the new age of social media all of us in broadcasting are required to be available in as many places as possible. I have profiles and engage regularly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Twitter has admitted to leaning left in the content it promotes and silences. Why wasn't Fox10 management worried about their people having profiles there? I applaud Kari Lake for questioning authority and for not concerning herself with what the New Times (or anyone else) thinks.