Z-Burger Apologizes for Tweet Showing Slain Journalist - NBC4 Washington

Z-Burger Apologizes for Tweet Showing Slain Journalist

"Once I found out what the picture was, I was devastated and I almost fell out of my chair," the company's owner said

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    Z-Burger Apologizes for Tweet Showing Slain Journalist

    The popular D.C. restaurant Z-Burger is in damage-control mode over a Tweet marketing their burgers that showed journalist James Foley, who was killed by members of ISIS. News4's Shomari Stone reports. (Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018)

    A popular D.C. restaurant is apologizing for a tweet that showed James Foley, an American journalist who was killed by members of ISIS.

    Z-Burger owner Peter Tabibian says he has fired Valor Media, a company that was hired to run Z-Burger's social media accounts.

    The tweet, which was published on the restaurant's Twitter page Saturday, included a picture of a burger superimposed over a photo of Foley moments before he was killed by members of ISIS in 2014. The caption said, "When you say you want a burger and someone says okay lets hit McDonald's."

    The tweet was up for about an hour and then deleted.

    "They hurt my business, and we have a lot of angry customers," Tabibian said. "Once I found out what the picture was, I was devastated and I almost fell out of my chair."

    Michael Valor, who runs Valor Media, apologized for the tweet in a video.

    "I wanted to say that Z-Burger has nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing to do with this at all," Valor said.

    Tabibian said he will personally review Z-Burger tweets from now on, and he will donate to the James Foley Foundation.

    "We are very sorry, and we want to apologize to his family, friends and anyone who knew Mr. Foley," Tabibian said.

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