Liberal Reporter Who Was CAUGHT On Tape Cursing GOP Candidate Has Been Hit With A Dose Of KARMA
Reporters, despite the implications of the name of the job, have this horrific habit of letting people know their opinion when they aren’t asked.
Added to that there are folks that will just never totally understand how technology works. As long as a telephone line is connected the person on the other end can hear you.
That’s usually how most people end up showing their backside is that they forget that the microphone is on. Shoot, how many people have you seen in videos online where a news anchor or a radio broadcaster didn’t realize that the microphone is still on and said something that got them in trouble.
Many years ago a good friend of mine was a DJ at a college radio station when he was going to school. On a visit there once he offered for me to sit in for his air shift that was about two hours that day. His most important rule to me was to always assume the microphone is on even when we were playing music.
Now, how does this add in to the recent mid term campaigns? It comes into play with the fact that reporters that are asking for favors from political candidates and then as soon as the candidate’s back is turned hitting them with their true feelings.
A reporter for a Michigan newspaper was fired Monday night after calling Michigan Senate Republican candidate John James’ campaign looking for an interview and thought she hung up the phone before leaving a voicemail saying “f**king John James … that would suck.”
The news comes after Brenda Battel, a reporter for Huron Daily Tribune, left the voicemail on James’ campaign offices phone number at 3:40 PM Monday, requesting the interview for Wednesday, the day after the Nov. 6 midterm elections. In the voicemail, she expresses her interest in interviewing James, believes she hung up the phone, and then goes on to curse about a possible James victory, saying she doesn’t think it will happen.
“I have listened to the voicemail left by Brenda Battel to Mr. James’ campaign, and find no reason to defend this behavior,” Huron Daily Tribune editor Kate Hessling said in a statement. “Brenda Battel’s employment has been immediately terminated.”
“The Huron Daily Tribune sincerely apologizes to Mr. James and to the public,” she continued. “These statements do not represent the views of the Tribune as a whole, nor do they reflect the actions of a responsible journalist.”
In the audio of Battel’s voicemail, first obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation, Battel could be heard saying: “Hi, my name is Brenda Battel, I’m a reporter with the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe, Michigan.”
“I’m looking to set up an appointment with Mr. James for some time on Wednesday for a phone interview regarding the election results,” Battel continued. “I’m probably going to send an email over to the firstname.lastname@example.org with some details. Um, if you’d like to call me back, my number is … extension … Thank you.”
Battel attempts to hang up after giving her number, but the phone remains connected.
“Man, if he beats her… Jesus! F**king John James. That would suck! Whew, I don’t think it’s going to happen though,” Battel continued.
James’ campaign manager expressed her frustration with the media, mentioning that this happened as the race has tightened significantly.
“It shows you that some media will do anything to keep the status quo and career politicians in power,” campaign manager Tori Sachs said. “The liberal media can’t stand the idea of a job creator and combat veteran coming to Washington to shake up the system. This happened as we closed in within the margin of error.”