NBC station fires a reporter for wearing a MAGA hat while covering a Trump rally in Minnesota

Saturday, October 6, 2018
By Paul Martin

James Bunner was fired Friday from NBC affiliate station KTTC in Minnesota
He was covering Trump’s rally Thursday and wore a red MAGA hat
A picture of him circulated online and by the next day he was terminated
Station says it does not allow employees to wear campaign gear on assignment

6 October 2018

A reporter for an NBC affiliate station has been fired for wearing a Make America Great Again hat while on the job.

James Bunner was covering a Trump rally in the heart of Minnesota farm country Thursday while sporting the infamous, bright red MAGA hat.

While the president rallied his supporters, the multimedia journalist with KTTC was pictured behind his camera, with the station’s microphone in hand and logo on his jacket all while wearing the cap.

The image circulated online and by the next day Bunner was fired because the Minnesota-based station says it does not ‘allow our people to wear campaign clothing while on assignment.’

‘He violated our policy so he’s no longer with us,’ Noel Sederstrom, news director for KTTC, told BuzzFeed News.

Bunner, who has worked for the station since the end of 2017, is a vocal fan of the president and has displayed his support online.

He had previously uploaded a video of himself dancing in a newsroom on Trump’s inauguration day to celebrate.

‘Me watching the Trump inauguration,’ he wrote in the description.

In March, Bunner set his Facebook profile picture to include text that reads, ‘I’m the NRA’.

He has consistently shared pro-Trump articles to Facebook and once wrote, ‘You watch CNN to oogle Brooke, Kate, Erin, Brianna, Sunlen, and Poppy. Not for journalistic integrity.’

Despite his social media presence, Sederstrom stressed that he was fired solely for wearing the hat while on the job, not because of his political views.

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