Doesn’t this just bring the rebel out in you?
KTTC-TV dismissed Jim Bunner after a photo of him behind a camera in a “Make America Great Again” ball cap went viral.
Jim Bunner waved to the camera, cellphone 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.
KTTC-TV dismissed Bunner the next day, according to the Associated Press, after another reporter photographed him wearing the hat and posted it on Twitter. Caption: “Whyyyyy? ”
And now a block away a couple hundred anti-Trump demonstrators occupying an intersection. Rochester Minn. pic.twitter.com/kplt60ABEt
— Mark Vancleave ?+? (@MDVancleave) October 4, 2018
While Bunner could not be reached for comment, KTTC new director Noel Sederstrom told The Washington Post: “our newsroom’s standards of professional journalism do not allow our reporters to wear partisan political campaign clothing while actively covering a political campaign event for the television station.”
As BuzzFeed noted, Bunner’s publicly available social media feed was full of his political views — something that The Washington Post, the New York Times, Politico and many other new outlets discourage.
Jim must follow me on Twitter.He sent me this response:
— LLC (@LLF347) November 6, 2018