Mike Stafford, the host of Global News Radio's "The Morning Show", is currently under investigation by his employer after tweeting and deleting some pretty racist sentiments last week. The tweets in question were briefly posted on Sunday, July 21. The next day, Michael Stafford announced via Twitter that he is expecting to be terminated. That tweet has also apparently been deleted.Stafford's deleted tweets were screenshotted and shared by Toronto journalist Sean Craig, who has worked for a mound of news publications, including Global News.
Craig broke the story on Canadaland after reaching out to Corus, Global's parent company. They provided the following statement on Wednesday morning:“Our employees are bound by stringent social media policies that we take very seriously...That being said, we don’t have further comment on this internal matter.”Stafford's controversial tweets expressed anti-Muslim sentiments while he was at a Mississauga hospital. He expressed distaste for headscarves when he saw a large family visiting a sick loved one.
Global News Radio 640 morning host Michael Stafford, at some point recently, tweeted and deleted these bigoted rema… https://t.co/ZzWEoXsJxG— Sean Craig (@Sean Craig)1563982648.0
Meanwhile, Stafford tweeted yesterday that he has likely been fired. https://t.co/UDFvFd4RLB— Sean Craig (@Sean Craig)1563983942.0
This is not my Canada, @CorusPR and @loogan640 has no place on Canada’s public airwaves. I’m sad to read that one o… https://t.co/k4VUeGWXxJ— Michael Hainsworth (@Michael Hainsworth)1563983606.0
So far, Stafford, who has been on air at AM 640 since 2001, has not directly responded to any media outlets on the issue.Global News had serious concerns about the tweets in question, and had scheduled a meeting with Stafford for Wednesday afternoon, as reported by Canadaland. The station has not had a problem with terminating past employees who had expressed anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim sentiments in the past.
Canadaland points out that Gary Bell was also fired in 2017 for his controversial comments, which forced Corus to "sincerely apologize to our listeners and anyone else who was offended by Mr. Bell’s comments."
We are staying tuned for further developments on this issue.