By RODNEY HO/ firstname.lastname@example.org, originally filed Tuesday, July 12, 2016
FTVLive earlier today posted three Facebook rants by an Emmy-winning CBS46 photojournalist Charles Beau Menefee in which he insulted the Black Lives Matter movement, calling them “unevolved, uncivilized turds” and wondering if the protesters could be boxed in and bombed.
In fact, he wished death upon members of the group at least twice.
Mark Pimental, general manager at CBS46, said Menefee has been fired, sending me a note informing the staff of his departure with his employee photo included.
Menefee had previously worked at 11Alive (WXIA-TV). He was nominated for a 2015 Emmy for Ferguson coverage in the category of “General Assignment Report Within 24 Hours” with Matthew Pearl but did not win. (One employee at 11Alive told me the station beefed up security today after the station heard he had lost his job at WGCL-TV. Interpret that as you will.)
In 2012, when Menefee worked at the CBS affiliate WTVR-TV in Richmond, VA, he won an Emmy for best investigative report with Catie Beck.
This is unlikely to help his career, but he had a reel of his work on YouTube from 2013, which was taken down soon after I posted it: