It’s the responsibility of journalists reporting the news to maintain an air of unbiased at all times when they’re representing their media outlet. While it’s quite often the case that news reporters lean to the left, there are still some who lean to the right and support President Trump. It may not seem like it, but they do exist and not all of them work for Fox News or WSJ.
Jim Brunner is one of those people. He was recently caught covering a President Trump rally while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. When an image of him started circulating across social media, he was fired by his NBC affiliate.
Some on the right are protesting the alleged double-standard, claiming if he were wearing a pro-Democrat hat that he would still have his job. This almost certainly isn’t the case. We must all understand the difference between news reporting and commentators.
Sean Hannity can wear his MAGA hat all day because as a commentator and entertainer, he is not held to the same standards as news reporters. Commentators are paid to have opinions. News reporters are paid to report the news.
Brunner understands this.
It's not unfair. KTTC-TV is not to blame.
— Jim Bunner News (@jimbunnernews) October 6, 2018
We have highlighted the leftist lean of mainstream media since our inception. In fact, the main reason we are here and trying to expand is because most media outlets lean left. If we’re going to call for unbiased news reports, we have to call out inappropriate actions by both sides.
A reporter for an NBC affiliate in Minnesota was fired Friday, one day after he was spotted wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat while covering a Trump rally for the local TV station.
Jim Bunner, a multimedia journalist with KTTC, was covering the political rally Thursday in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was spotted outside the Mayo Civic Center wearing a jacket with the station’s logo and a matching red MAGA hat.