News Reporter Blames “Anti-Cop” Mentality In Inner Cities On Lack Of Black Fathers
Via NY Times reports:
A local television reporter covering the killing of a police officer in New Jersey said Tuesday that he was suspended for two days after expressing his opinion on-air about antipolice sentiment in the African-American community.
In a segment on Sunday for News 12 New Jersey on the shooting of the officer, Melvin Santiago, the reporter, Sean Bergin, said that the station had decided to report on the suspect in the case to “shine a light on this anticop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities.”
“The underlying cause for all of this, of course: Young black men growing up without fathers,” he said.
Mr. Bergin has worked for several years as a freelancer for local news channels run by News 12 Networks. After his comments aired, he said he was suspended from the network on Monday and Tuesday.
The network released a statement on Tuesday saying that it was addressing the incident internally and that the company did not comment on personnel matters.
“It is News 12’s policy that reporters must be objective and not state personal opinions on-air,” the statement said.
Mr. Bergin said that he had not been fired, but the network informed him that his hours would be reduced because he had violated the company’s policy. He said he had retained a lawyer to help resolve the matter.
Mr. Bergin said that he stood by his comments and had received support from many of the thousands of viewers who watched the video online.