NBC affiliate justified for firing reporter wearing MAGA hat, but at least he’s honest about his bias


A local southern Minnesota reporter lost his job this week after he wore a “Make America Great Again” hat while covering President Donald Trump’s rally Thursday in Rochester.

“He violated our policy, so he’s no longer with us,” Austin station KTTC news director Noel Sederstrom confirmed in a statement issued Friday to BuzzFeed News. “We don’t allow our people to wear campaign clothing while on assignment.”

An image of now-unemployed multimedia journalist Jim Bunner wearing pro-Trump gear at Thursday’s rally may be seen below:

Sederstrom stressed that Bunner’s termination Friday was based entirely on his violation of the NBC affiliate’s policy, and not on his political views. The evidence seems to bear this out.

After Trump won the presidential election two years ago, the now-fired multimedia journalist uploaded video footage to his Facebook page that depicted him celebrating the victory while at what appeared to be his workplace.


That Bunner never faced any sort of discipline for his joyful dance suggests Sederstrom had spoken truthfully, as do the facts regarding the media’s treatment of blatant bias.

“Prohibiting reporters from wearing campaign clothing or pins, especially while on the job, is standard practice across the news industry,” BuzzFeed noted. ” Many news outlets also recommend or warn their staff against making public political displays or statements in order to maintain objectivity.”

While Bunner clearly chose to disregard the guidance that journalists hide their political leanings, numerous mainstream “journalists” routinely disregard it as well. Included among them is Jim Acosta of CNN, who earned backlash on social media Friday for the way he reacted to Sen. Susan Collins announcing her intention to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


The reaction to Bunner’s faux pas was similar, in that many agreed that rules are rules and must be followed by everyone, no exceptions.


But another sentiment that also emerged on social media was that Bunner was at the very least a victim of double standards. The suspicion was specifically that had he been caught wearing left-wing-themed gear, he would have been given a pass.

Social media users also pointed to the way in which the liberal media serve as an arm of the Democrat Party, as evidenced by their constant attacks on the president and his policies.



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