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    Land of the Free: MAGA Hat Gets US Journalist Fired on the Spot

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    While the journalist himself apparently agreed with his former bosses’ reasoning and insisted that the station “is not to blame” for firing him, some netizens did not agree with his assessment.

    A television reporter named James Burner lost his job at KTTC-TV, an NBC affiliate outlet in Minnesota, after he was seen wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat while covering one of US President Donald Trump’s recent rallies.

    According to the TV station’s management, Burner effectively violated their standards of neutrality by wearing “partisan political campaign clothing” emblazoned with Trump’s campaign slogan.

    ​"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," KTTC-TV news director Noel Sederstrom said, as quoted by The Washington Times. "We work hard to be neutral and unbiased toward all political parties and candidates."

    Burner himself also tweeted that he does not consider his sacking unfair, and that he does not blame KTTC-TV for this decision.

    ​Some Twitter users however disagreed with the journalist, accusing his detractors of having double standards and claiming that the Make America Great Again phrase was used by other US presidents as well and not just by Trump.

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