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Trump supporters are very loyal and they enthusiastically celebrate each rally as a call to freedom. I think it is uplifting to see Americans wholeheartedly support President Trump and his policies. But it would seem it is very easy to run afoul of company policies when politics is involved.

That’s what happened to an unsuspecting reporter who worked for an NBC affiliate in Minnesota last Friday. Jim Bunner, a multimedia journalist with KTTC, is a staunch Trump supporter who even did a celebration video when Trump won the presidency. He wore a “Make America Great Again” hat while covering a Trump rally for the local TV station… and paid a devastating price for it.

The company claims they have a strict policy that prohibits employees from wearing politicized attire when covering events etc. I think this rule is pretty subjective and malleable depending on the leaning of the media outlet and the political climate currently in play.

Bunner was covering Trump’s 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. So, of course, Mark Vancleave, a video journalist for Minnesota’s Star Tribune, snapped a pic of Bunner in the iconic headgear. From there the cat was out of the bag.

Bunner was fired the next day and is not talking about the whole ordeal. In fact, on the day of President Trump’s inauguration, he uploaded a picture of himself dancing in a newsroom in apparent celebration. That has since been deleted from Facebook.

“He violated our policy so he’s no longer with us,” Noel Sederstrom, news director for KTTC, told BuzzFeed News. “We don’t allow our people to wear campaign clothing while on assignment.”

To be fair, it is standard policy in the news industry to enforce a dictum that prohibits the wearing of campaign clothing and pins while on the job. My point is that the rule seems flexible for the left and not so much for the right here.

And this doesn’t just apply to what employees wear either. Many news outlets admonish their staff about making public political displays or statements in order to maintain objectivity. That also applies to social media accounts where Bunner also posted his leanings.

He once added an NRA banner to his profile picture which should be protected speech but when you work for a media outlet you sign an agreement to avoid such displays of what can be perceived as bias. I doubt such strict interpretations of policy would have been applied to leftists here.


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And in another post, he wrote, “You watch CNN to oogle Brooke, Kate, Erin, Brianna, Sunlen, and Poppy. Not for journalistic integrity.” Personally, I see nothing wrong with that statement and that should have no bearing on his job. It’s Bunning’s personal opinion. But with NBC any excuse will do. You walk a razor’s edge between keeping your job and exercising your First Amendment rights there.

Sederstrom claims that Bunner was let go because of his decision to wear the MAGA hat at the rally, not because of his political views expressed on Facebook and other places. “It’s not something we allow,” he said about the campaign gear. I bet if you dig a bit that is a flexible policy. NBC has never appeared to me to be a fan of President Trump by any means.

As Fox News put it, Bunner might need a new hat saying “Make Me Employed Again.” Pictures of Bunner wearing the MAGA hat trended on Twitter. He went viral which is what got him in hot water. I think firing him for this is over the top and biased in itself. They could have given him a warning and left it at that.

One of Bunner’s biggest sins here probably was that he was critical of CNN and loved President Trump. In the political climate we marinate in these days, if you have bosses who don’t share your views, it can cost you your job very easily. It isn’t fair but privately owned businesses can fire as they see fit. Bunner is staying quiet because getting another job probably depends on it.

Bunner had only been with the station since December 2017. He was probably still on a probationary basis and committed the cardinal sin of being on the wrong side of the political aisle. Such is the media business any more. It’s a hotbed of leftists and with the exception of Fox News, it’s not conservative-friendly in the least these days.

 

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New York Times Editor: We’re Switching From Russia Collusion To ‘Trump Is Racist’

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The New York Times and others have repeatedly tried to take down President Trump with libelous statements on the Russian collusion front and have failed spectacularly every single time. Now, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet has accidentally admitted that for two years his far-left newspaper was “built” around spreading a hoax. Oops. But it’s never too late to shift propaganda in this political war.

He was secretly recorded saying just that and it got out. Baquet also admitted the Times’ staff is loaded with left-wingers “who cheer us when we take on Donald Trump, but they jeer at us when we take on Joe Biden.” Do tell. I’m shocked I tell you. Simply shocked.

What is actually shocking is this recording comes by way of the leftist rag, Slate. They got their mitts on the recording of a company-wide meeting Baquet held with his staffers and it is an illuminating look at how leftist media utilizes and manipulates propaganda for political effect. Why Slate would let that out is puzzling, to say the least.

Baquet has now admitted that for two long years his leftist newspaper was “built” around the Russia Collusion Hoax: “It got trickier after [inaudible] … went from being a story about whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character. We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well.”

Truly well? Do you mean by lying and falsifying facts? They did that very well. There was not a shred of evidence that Trump colluded with Russia yet the NYT reported on it as fact for two years and in actuality, made stuff up to fit that narrative.

But the New York Times has seen the light, so to speak. The Russia collusion hoax hasn’t worked so now they are switching tactics… Trump is now a racist and everything will revolve around that lie: “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story. I’d love your help with that. As Audra Burch said when I talked to her this weekend, this one is a story about what it means to be an American in 2019. It is a story that requires deep investigation into people who peddle hatred[.]”

The truth is that if Trump were actually a racist it would have come out decades ago. This is a last-ditch effort to besmirch a sitting president so a communist can take his place in the next election. It’s subversion and in my book… a form of treason.

You can still taste the salty leftist tears from being disappointed that Mueller did not take down Trump: “The day Bob Mueller walked off that witness stand, two things happened. Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, “Holy shit, Bob Mueller is not going to do it.” And Donald Trump got a little emboldened politically, I think. Because, you know, for obvious reasons. And I think that the story changed. A lot of the stuff we’re talking about started to emerge like six or seven weeks ago. We’re a little tiny bit flat-footed. I mean, that’s what happens when a story looks a certain way for two years. Right?”

So, while the NYT, WaPo, and other lefty rags spewed lies and propaganda, outlets such as Breitbart, The Daily Wire, and The Daily Caller among others did real reporting and told the truth. For their efforts, a number of them have been banned on social media.

From Breitbart:

“Baquet pretty much spends the rest of the 90 minutes meeting fielding questions from individuals who are supposed to be professionals but who only want to know how they can call Trump and his supporters racists even more often.

“You see, according to the Times’ staff, everything is racist because everything really is racist.

“You probably think that whole “everything is racist” thing is me being sarcastic. Here’s a direct quote from a staffer [emphasis added]:

Hello, I have another question about racism. I’m wondering to what extent you think that the fact of racism and white supremacy being sort of the foundation of this country should play into our reporting. Just because it feels to me like it should be a starting point, you know? Like these conversations about what is racist, what isn’t racist. I just feel like racism is in everything. It should be considered in our science reporting, in our culture reporting, in our national reporting. And so, to me, it’s less about the individual instances of racism, and sort of how we’re thinking about racism and white supremacy as the foundation of all of the systems in the country.

“Good grief. What a dispiriting and not-at-all surprising look at the ignorant whack jobs in charge of our media — and in the case of the New York Times, not just the media, but what is considered the elite of the media elite. What are they obsessed with? What do these conspiracy-loons see everywhere in 2019 America…?

“Raaaaaaacism.

“Here we sit in the most tolerant, diverse country in the world just a few years after having twice elected a black president with the middle name “Hussein,” and the people in charge of the media are breaking down into pools of self-pity because they want to scream racist at us even more than they already have.

“And again, let’s not forget that the only way they can try to pretend America is racist is by way of massive hoaxes: the Very Fine People Hoax, the Covington Hoax, the George Zimmerman Is White Hoax, the Hands Up Don’t Shoot Hoax, the Jussie Smollett Hoax, and the countless hoax hate crimes they spread over and over and over again without scrutiny.”

Good grief is an understatement. The NYT does not cover real news anymore like the rising tide of anti-Semitism in this country. They are too busy protecting terrorists and radicals, while smearing the president and conservatives, to do their actual jobs.

The New York Times openly admits that anti-Jewish hate crimes don’t interest the Times because white supremacists are not behind them: “If anti-Semitism bypasses consideration as a serious problem in New York, it is to some extent because it refuses to conform to an easy narrative with a single ideological enemy. During the past 22 months, not one person caught or identified as the aggressor in an anti-Semitic hate crime has been associated with a far right-wing group, Mark Molinari, commanding officer of the police department’s Hate Crimes Task Force, told me.”

But young white males are domestic terrorists according to these people. Geez. Not communist Antifa or Black Lives Matter or the Nation of Islam or the Black Panthers… white boys are the ticket, y’all.

Since the media is out of Russian ammo and they detest Trump, they have to have another way of smearing him and throwing the race card is their final desperate move in this political dance. Nothing else has stuck to Teflon-Don. Look for them to cry ‘racism’ non-stop for the next two years in their latest contrived hoax against the president. But you won’t hear them cover actual racism because it does not fit their political narrative. It has to be Trump, Trump, Trump! or it’s not news.

The NYT is a peddler of hate. No wonder they had to stop publishing political cartoons because the editorial staff can’t recognize blatant anti-Semitism. These aren’t journalists anymore… they are Brown Shirts. They feel they’ll get away with calling Trump a racist. After all, they got away with the Russian crap for two years.

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