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NBC Station Fires Reporter Over 'MAGA' Hat

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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?”

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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.”

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

Was firing this reporter really necessary?

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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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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