Minnesota TV Reporter Fired for Wearing Trump Hat at Rally

A southern Minnesota television reporter who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat to a Trump rally that he was covering has been fired.

James Bunner was a multimedia journalist for KTTC-TV in Austin. He wore the hat Thursday while covering President Donald Trump’s appearance in Rochester and images of him wearing the hat began appearing on Twitter.

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News Director Noel Sederstrom says the station does not allow staff members to cover stories while wearing apparel from political campaigns. Sederstrom says Bunner was fired Friday.

Bunner doesn’t have a listed phone number and didn’t immediately return a social media message seeking comment Friday.

via www.newsmax.com

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  1. Good – maybe now the Minnesota reporter will get a much better job. Propably a blessing in disguise for him, his career and his family. If a red hat, hailing America’s greatness triggers these Democrat terrorists, things are looking pretty bad for their political party and their future in America.

  2. I think that firing him was to harsh, but I do agree that if he is there as a reporter he should not be wearing any apparel that would support or not support whatever the rally is about. He should be in appearance neutral. A reprimand maybe but firing him was to much.

  3. Since main stream media does not hide their support for the democrats nor their anti support for the republicans, i believe this reporter had the right to be covering a Trump rally wearing a supportive hat. To fire him for that is wrong. I hope he sues the station.

  4. I think depending upon whether or not there is some employment rule or something in a contract describing what is or is not acceptable hats, shirts, pants, or any other attire, should tell if the firing were justified. I know when I was employed by the State of WI, I was encouraged not to wear clothing that would be construed as making a political statement either for or against any party or individual. And, of course, the general terms of no shorts, flip flops or tank tops was part of the dress code. I was a Compliance revenue agent for the State Department of Revenue. If there were no mention of how he should dress, then the firing was unreasonable. A reprimand, or reminder of what he was doing there should have sufficed, unless, of course, he had been reprimanded about this before. Don’t know enough about the history or the general tone to form a firm opinion about it.

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