The mainstream media can drool all over liberal political candidates, but, apparently, conservative journalists are not allowed to do the same for their chosen candidate.
For example, Scarlett Fakhar, a news reporter for KRIV in Houston, Texas, posted a celebratory comment on her personal Facebook page about President-elect Donald Trump’s victory.
The comment spread throughout the community, and although many people agreed with the journalist’s opinion, others have deemed it inappropriate and forced her into publicly apologizing for it.
“I could barely sleep from how happy and relieved I was,” Fakhar wrote on Nov. 9 about the outcome of the presidential election.
The Fox 26 news reporter pointed to the “violent and racist” results of the Obama administration as evidence that our country had been headed down the wrong path.
“Want to talk about going downhill?” she asked her Facebook followers. “Look what Obama has done … how he has made the entire country hate one another.”
Fakhar went on to note that Obama has encouraged a culture of violence and a false narrative about white police officers versus black communities.
Not to mention the disgusting targeting of police officers that has taken place in many cities during Obama’s administration.
“You guys wanted another administration like that?” Fakhar asked, suggesting that Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton would have been an extension of the past eight years.
Fakhar’s comments were met by scrutiny by others in the media who claimed she violated the journalistic code of conduct by publicly giving her opinion on politics.
Scott Jones from FTVLive.com argued that journalists are supposed to remain “unbiased and just report the story.”
“If you want to complain or celebrate the election, then I suggest you get a a job outside of TV news,” Jones wrote. “If you’re a bank teller or a accountant, go ahead and make your feelings known. Celebrate or protest Trump’s victory all you want. If you a Journalist, you don’t get that option. I’m sorry it comes with the territory.”
If you’re shaking your head at the sheer hypocrisy of liberal journalists being upset about someone inserting themselves in political commentary, I can assure you that you’re not alone.
This election cycle was marred by the mainstream media’s obsession with taking down Trump and promoting Clinton. But, since their candidate lost, all of a sudden journalists should not give their political opinion.
In fact, Fakhar received so much backlash about her comment that she has since posted an apology for the controversial post, saying she has to “profusely apologize for making public my personal views on the outcome of the election and other issues.”
“It was wholly inappropriate, as a journalist, to do that,” she said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “Again, my sincere apologies.”
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