The Denver Post
Meteorologist Marty Coniglio, a staple of Denver TV weather for three decades, left 9News Friday, a day after he compared, on social media, federal troops in U.S. cities to Nazis.
Coniglio, in a text message, confirmed his departure but said he would “not be able to talk about the situation for at least a week or so.”
Mark Cornetta, the station’s president and general manager, said in an email that “Marty is no longer employed by 9News.” He declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding his exit.
Thursday morning, Coniglio tweeted “Federal police in cities … now where have I seen that before?” with a picture of Nazi soldiers posing in front of a Swastika banner.
The tweet came the same day President Donald Trump announced he would be sending a surge of federal troops into Democratic cities to combat local crime.
Coniglio later deleted the tweet, but not before dozens of users screenshot it, including U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, Colorado’s Republican Party chairman.
“Comparing the brave men and women of our law enforcement community to Nazis is absolutely reprehensible,” Buck tweeted.
The Colorado Republican Party also responded on Twitter: “Republicans know that the press leans to the left, but are fellow reporters okay with this type of radical hate against law enforcement from employees at local news stations?”
Channel 9 appears to have taken Coniglio’s bio down from its website, and the meteorologist has removed any mention of the station from his Twitter page. Coniglio’s bio now promotes his skills as a forensic weather expert and expert witness in legal cases and insurance claims.
He told Westword last year that he intended to leave 9News at the end of 2019 as he dealt with various health issues, but he ended up staying with the station. Coniglio previously worked at Denver7 and CBS4 before spending the past 16 years with 9News.
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