A reporter in Springfield, Massachusetts, resigned from his job on Friday after posting a Twitter message falsely claiming that Maryland, the suspect Jarrod Ramos, has a "Make America Great Again" hat in The office of the Capital Gazette had brought
Conor Berry, who wrote for the Republican, tweeted a picture of a MAGA hat Thursday, and suggested that Ramos had left it in the Gazette office, after allegedly five Gazette employees had killed.
Backlash was fast. Berry put out the tweet and apologized in a follow-up tweet on Friday morning.
"People, my 21-year career as a journalist, a sly expression that makes my skin crawl, came to a standstill yesterday with a loud jail, a stupid, unfortunate tweet," Barry wrote. I can apologize to all the good, hard-working reporters and POTUS supporters. "
Berry told the Boston Globe that the tweet should be a" snarky, sarcastic, cynical remark. " ,
In his letter of resignation, Berry acknowledged that his tweet "poisoned the good work of just journalists everywhere".
Wayne Phaneuf, Republican editor-in-chief, said journalists need to be "more alert than ever" to be fair and accurate.
President Donald Trump, who has often criticized journalists for reporting "false news," said Friday: "Like all Americans, journalists should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while working."
Berry was not the first journalist to apologize for a tweet suggesting that the president or one of his supporters has taken responsibility for the Thurday massacre.
Reuters reporter Rob Cox tweeted Thursday, "This is what happens when @realDonaldTrump calls journalists the enemy of the people." Blood is your hands, Mr. President. Save your thoughts and prayers for your empty soul. "
The tweet was later deleted.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.