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Omaha radio personality Chris Baker fired by iHeart Media following racist tweet

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Apr 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-21 17:58:41-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — KFAB radio personality Chris Baker has been fired after sending a racist tweet that has since been removed from his Twitter account.

On Wednesday afternoon, C. Taylor Walet III, area president/Nebraska for iHeart Media said in a news release that Baker's employment was terminated.

"We are aware of the completely inappropriate and unacceptable tweet that was posted late Tuesday afternoon. Please know that this does not represent our viewpoint or our values, and we take this situation very seriously," said Taylor "Accordingly, Chris Baker’s employment with our Company has been terminated."

CONTENT WARNING: To see the original tweet, please scroll to the bottom of this story.

Until Wednesday, Baker was the conservative host of an afternoon talk show. Yesterday, following the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, he published a tweet with the word “Guilty!” above an image of indigenous, people of color wearing traditional garb.

The juxtaposition of the image with the text seemed to imply that this was how the Black community would celebrate the verdict.

Nebraska State Senator John McCollister, a Republican, responded to the tweet on his social media accounts.
"Racism like this is a FEATURE of conservative talk radio but they usually mask it with dog whistles," wrote McCollister.

Screenshot from McCollister's Facebook account

Negative reaction to the tweet has been pouring in on Twitter from around the world.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, denounced the tweet in a release sent on Wednesday morning.

“We encourage Mr. Baker to apologize for this racist tweet, resign, and meet with Black community leaders to grow as a human being,” said CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. “No one is born a racist. Racism is learned, and racism can be unlearned through accountability, education, healing and faith. The accountability should begin right now with Mr. Baker's resignation."

Baker spoke to our news partners at the Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday afternoon and told them, "There's a difference between being intentional and being a fat-fingered boomer on Twitter. I don't look at Black people that way."

It's not clear which search terms Baker used to find the image.

3 News Now reporter, Alyssa Curtis will have more on the story this evening in our newscasts at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

This is the tweet, which has since been deleted by Baker.

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