Although President Donald Trump maintains a long enemies list, he does have a few friends in the media world — and this week, he got one of them fired, you might say. A pro-Trump journalist in Minnesota lost his job after sporting a familiar red “Make America Great Again” hat during his time covering one of the president’s rallies.
The video journalist, named Jim Bunner, had previously made his political inclinations known elsewhere including through sharing a photo of himself dancing in a local newsroom upon Trump’s inauguration. He’d been with KTTC, a local NBC affiliate, since late last year, according to info Buzzfeed gleaned from his online presence, and in the time since, he’s found no apparent condemning issue with the president. That situation unfolded despite the fact that Trump has routinely derided the vast majority of mainstream media as the “enemy of the people” — including Bunner’s (now former) employer’s parent organization, NBC.
This past May, Trump ranted (on Twitter, of course):
‘NBC NEWS is wrong again! They cite “sources” which are constantly wrong. Problem is, like so many others, the sources probably don’t exist, they are fabricated, fiction! NBC, my former home with the Apprentice, is now as bad as Fake News CNN. Sad!’
Just last month, he went so far as to suggest revoking NBC broadcast license(s), again comparing the network to CNN in the process.
‘NBC FAKE NEWS, which is under intense scrutiny over their killing the Harvey Weinstein story, is now fumbling around making excuses for their probably highly unethical conduct. I have long criticized NBC and their journalistic standards-worse than even CNN. Look at their license?’
Anyone who remotely knows of Trump’s attacks on the media knows of his extreme antagonism towards CNN, so in his twisted paradigms, getting compared to CNN is a travesty.
On that particular point, Bunner seems to have agreed with the president, sharing a documented sexist jab at the network featuring the first names of female news anchors.
‘You watch CNN to ogle Brooke, Kate, Erin, Brianna, Sunlen, and Poppy. Not for journalistic integrity.’
In other words, he chose to do a deep dive with the president’s brand of sexism while simultaneously ignoring the implications of his own employment in an industry his apparent idol hates so much. Either he’s not that committed to the guy who just got him fired after all, or he maintained some kind of concept of himself as a spy in enemy territory — who knows.
What we do know is that he’s no longer employed at Minnesota’s KTTC.
The network’s news director Noel Sederstrom explained that Bunner lost his job for violating policy against wearing political garb while on the job, not for his personal political views.
He told Buzzfeed:
‘He violated our policy so he’s no longer with us. We don’t allow our people to wear campaign clothing while on assignment.’
Bunner himself did not respond to requests for comment. He’d originally been spotted wearing the hat in question by fellow journalist Mark Vancleave, who bemoaned his choice on social media — also noting he’d been arrested in 2012 after sparking a bomb squad response to him stalking a woman.
— Mark Vancleave ?+? (@MDVancleave) October 4, 2018
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