Media Bias: NBC DUMPS Reporter For Wearing A MAGA Hat During A Trump Rally
A reporter who worked for NBC affiliate KTTC-TV in Minnesota was fired on Friday for sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat while covering a Trump rally.
Jim Bunner, one of the station’s multimedia journalists, covered the Trump rally in Rochester, Minnesota on Thursday. While at the rally he wore a red MAGA hat and a jacket with the station’s logo, according to Town Hall.
Noel Sederstrom, the station’s news director, told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that the station’s policy does not allow staff members to wear apparel from political campaigns while covering stories.
Bunner had uploaded a video of himself appearing to celebrate while dancing in a newsroom on Trump’s inauguration day. The post has since been removed from Facebook.
Jim Bunner waved to the camera, cell phone in one hand, KTTC-TV-branded microphone in the other, his head bare to the Minnesota morning chill.
He could have been any other reporter standing outside the Rochester civic center on Thursday, awaiting President Trump’s rally. At least, so it seemed in that particular shot.
“I’ve met people all the way from Mankato, from Iowa, from Eagle Lake, you name it” Bunner said in his NBC news station’s Facebook Live feed. “They are excited for the fact the president of the United States is visiting Rochester. This is big! This is ‘yuge,’ in the words of Donald Trump.”
The multimedia reporter might have been simply channeling the enthusiasm of the crowd — thousands of people lined all the way to the back of the civic center, most of them sporting “Make America Great Again” hats.
But just outside the camera frame — visible for a split second when it pulled back from Bunner’s face to pan around — his own bright red MAGA hat peeked out from his duffel bag.
And for that, they reportedly gave him the boot? Some may argue that he shouldn’t support any political party while working but you have to wonder if it had been a “Hillary 2020” hat if the outcome would be the same?
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