Listen, everybody has an opinion and everyone understands that, right? Of course, they do.
Well all have our preferences, including reporters. However, it becomes a problem when reporters continue to say over and over that they do not have a bias towards one party or one candidate. People are not idiots, so it’s better if reporters don’t treat people as they are.
For example, an “unbiased” reporter, Brenda Battel with the Huron Daily Tribune in Michigan, recently got caught leaving a profane message saying “f**king John James….that would suck” on the campaign’s voicemail.
John James is the Republican Senate candidate looking to defeat incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow.
But it gets even better, Battel was calling the James campaign in order to request an interview for the day after the election. Now, of course Battel thought she had hung up the phone, but apparently doesn’t know how to hang up one.
Rightfully, Battel was fired after the discovery of her blatantly biased and profane message.
In announcing her firing the paper released the following statement:
“I have listened to the voicemail left by Brenda Battel to Mr. James’ campaign, and find no reason to defend this behavior,” said Kate Hessling, editor of the Huron Daily Tribune. “Brenda Battel’s employment has been immediately terminated.
“The Huron Daily Tribune sincerely apologizes to Mr. James and to the public. These statements do not represent the views of the Tribune as a whole, nor do they reflect the actions of a responsible journalist.”
While the paper did the right thing in firing Battel, this incident just brings to light something we are all aware of, but is rarely admitted to: biased journalism.
Again, I’m not talking about opinion journalists, they are supposed to have an opinion, it’s literally in the job title. What I’m talking about, and what everyone has a problem with are those reporters who continue to claim they are not biased, but it’s so apparent that they do (CNN).
Having worked in the media, I know there is a liberal bias from supposedly unbiased reporters. I’ve seen it and I’ve heard it over and over.