The Denver Post fired one of its reporters after he tweeted that he was uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indy 500 car race on the weekend that America honors its war dead.
Terry Frei, whose father fought against the Japanese in World War II, said he had visited his father’s grave on Sunday to honor his memory.
Frei said that his tweet was not personally directed at Takuma Sato, who won the Indy 500 on Sunday but was reflective of his personal feelings about the experiences his father had in the war.
According to The Wrap, the Denver Post fired Frei on Monday and issued this statement.
We apologize for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet that was sent out by one of our reporters. The tweet doesn’t represent what we believe nor what we stand for.
In the minds of many, Frei did nothing wrong and was simply speaking truth, no matter how ‘politically incorrect’ it might have been. It is a fact of history that Japan started a war that cost many thousands of Americans their lives and for the son of one of America’s hero’s to feel that a Japanese should not have been racing in an American Memorial Day weekend classic seems perfectly reasonable.
Shame on The Denver Post!