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An NBC outlet in Minnesota has fired a reporter due to actions that it said appeared to show political bias while covering President Donald Trump’s recent appearance in Rochester, Minnesota.

Multimedia journalist James Bunner crossed the company’s policy line by wearing a Make America Great Again hat while he covered the event.

Journalist Mark VanCleave of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune was among the first to note that one member of the media pack wore a pro-Trump hat.

He tweeted images of Bunner at work at the rally, with the message, ” Whyyyyy?”

Noel Sederstrom, news director of KTTC in Austin, Minnesota, said the station has a ban on staff members wearing campaign garb while covering political events, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. Bunner was fired Friday, he said.

Some on Twitter attacked the station for its actions.

In response to questions from BuzzFeed News about pro-Trump commentary it found on Bunner’s Facebook page, Sederstrom said action was taken against Bunner only because he wore that hat at Thursday’s rally and not because of his personal views as shared on social media.

“He violated our policy so he’s no longer with us,” Sederstrom said. “We don’t allow our people to wear campaign clothing while on assignment.”

Bunner has yet to tell his side of the story to any media outlet seeking comment.

A page on the KTTC site that is no longer available said Bunner joined the station in December.

The station’s actions come against a backdrop of fierce debate over the extent of media bias in the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley chided the media for its bias. “I consider you folks policemen for our democratic system of government, but I want to show you where some of you have bias. I’ve had demonstrators in my office for two weeks now — both for Kavanaugh and against Kavanaugh,” the Iowa Republican said, according to CNS News.

“And one time, the people that were for Kavanaugh wanted to be interviewed, and they said, ‘We’re only interested in interviewing people against Kavanaugh.’ Now, that’s a bias that none of you should be proud of,” the senator said.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. IAMPCBOB

    October 7, 2018 at 12:17 am

    “On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley chided the media for its bias. “I consider you folks policemen for our democratic system of government, but I want to show you where some of you have bias. I’ve had demonstrators in my office for two weeks now — both for Kavanaugh and against Kavanaugh,” the Iowa Republican said, according to CNS News.

    “And one time, the people that were for Kavanaugh wanted to be interviewed, and they said, ‘We’re only interested in interviewing people against Kavanaugh.’ Now, that’s a bias that none of you should be proud of,” the senator said.”

    Pardon me, but your BIAS is showing! Maybe you should reconsider and start reporting the NEWS instead of slanting it to YOUR point of view? I’m just asking…

  2. daz

    October 7, 2018 at 1:43 am

    The c–ts fire this innocent man for wearing a hat and yet a college professor bitch says the senate men should all die and the university does nothing until external pressure then send her on a information trip around the world as a reward the f–king leftist scum. this world is sooooooooooo fucked

  3. Grace Joy

    October 7, 2018 at 1:51 am

    This can’t be legal. He should sue them: Both for the money; & to make a point to liberals that their double standard hypocrisy & lawbreaking won’t be tolerated. If conservatives don’t start using the laws we have against these psychopath liberals, they will continue to slowly erode them & set more & more precedents to allow them to bully & threaten as they do.

  4. Cindy

    October 7, 2018 at 5:02 am

    Wrongful termination. Lawsuit

  5. Helen

    October 7, 2018 at 7:21 am

    And yet NBC’s anchors show their political bias on camera every day. Where are there pink slips?

  6. JR

    October 7, 2018 at 10:22 am

    NBC execs suck Donkey Balls! They have No ethics!

  7. Nathan M.

    October 7, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Good. Let the further disintegration of the decrepit, dying limbs of the MSM continue.
    I just hope this young man finds a more reputable employer. He should have expected to be bitten when he signed up to work for snakes, but I can’t fault someone for trying.

    • Annabel

      October 15, 2018 at 2:34 am

      He’d do well in the White House…hopefully the President will hire him.

  8. Dyanne Chestnut

    October 7, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    NBC has shown bias AGAINST Trump from the start! Their lead reporters or commentators have shown, on air, many times that the guys in the head office/owners do not want anything GOOD reported/covered about Trump and/or Republicans. They have been on a downward spiral for several years. They covered up for Matt Lauer when others reported his sexual advances and there are more than likely many others. NBC, CBS, ABC, seldom cover the great things our President has done, or if they do it is mentioned in a nanno-second and they move on to another topic. SHAMEFUL!

  9. Mariann Shepherd

    November 2, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Anyone that votes Democratic on Tuesday definitely needs to have their head examined! Can they not see what will happen to this country if CRAZY NANCY Pelosi and CRAZY side-kick MAXINE WATERS get in control! Spare all of us. No way would I vote for any of those CRAZY DEMOCRATS especially after what they did to Judge Kavanaugh and his family.
    As far as the camera man that NBC fired because he wore a MAGA cap…NBC needs to clean out ALL THEIR BIGOTS that report daily news. I fully agree with Annabel above..this young man should be working with the Whitehouse photographers. Everyone please get out on Tues. and vote!!!

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