Is “the liberal media” a real thing? Does honest and objective reporting even exist in these partisan times?
If what just happened with reporter (now ex-reporter) Brenda Battel, this whole episode could very well be just another nail for conservatives in hammering down the journalistic coffin.
Obviously not knowing how to hang up a telephone, Battel left a very matter of fact message on Republican candidate for the US Senate, John James.
After she thought she was done leaving her rather generic message, that’s when things went off the rails for Battel.
As reported by The Daily Caller;
A reporter for a Michigan newspaper called Michigan Senate Republican candidate John James’s campaign looking for an interview and thought she hung up the phone before leaving a voicemail saying “f*cking John James … that would suck.”
Brenda Battel, a reporter for Huron Daily Tribune, left the voicemail on James’s 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.
“Hi, my name is Brenda Battel, I’m a reporter with the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe, Michigan,” Battel said in the voicemail.
“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 email@example.com 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*cking John James. That would suck! Whew I don’t think it’s going to happen though,” Battel continued.
Thankfully, LifeNews.com is noting that Battel’s childish outburst has cost her her job;
“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.”