NJ Reporter Quits After On-Air Editorializing


TV reporter Sean Bergin has quit News 12 New Jersey after the station docked his pay and reduced his work hours after he made opinionated comments on the air last weekend about “young black men,” reports TheBlaze.com. Bergin was briefly suspended by News 12 for reacting to a story about a local cop killer by telling audiences that the root cause of such crimes is “young black men growing up without fathers.”

News 12, which has a policy against such editorialization, gave Bergin a demotion to one day of work per week, covering features, not hard news. Bergin admitted he “broke the rules” by editorializing during his story about the murder of Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago. During his story, he cited an “anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America's inner cities.” He added, “The underlying cause of all of this, of course: young black men growing up without fathers. Unfortunately, no one in the news media has the courage to touch that subject.”

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