Reporter Suspended After Comments About “Fatherless Young Black Men”
A New York area TV news reporter has been suspended after making some disparaging remarks about black men during a broadcast on Monday.
Reporter Sean Bergin of News 12 Networks was reporting on a story about the fatal shooting of Officer Melvin Santiago during a shootout at a Walgreens in Jersey City, New Jersey when he interviewed several of the suspect’s neighbors who showed little sympathy towards the officer who was killed.
“We were besieged, flooded with calls from police officers furious that we would give media coverage to the life of a cop killer,” Bergin said. “It’s understandable. We decided to air it because it’s important to shine a light on this anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities.”
As a journalist Bergin is supposed to be objective when reporting the news. He went of script and added his own two cents into the story and began to talk about what he felt was the cause of this and other violent incidents in New Jersey…
“This same sick, perverse line of thinking is evident from Jersey City to Newark and Patterson to Trenton. It has made the police officer’s job impossible, and it has got to stop. The underlying cause for 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,” he added.
Due to his lack of discretion, Bergin has been suspended by his employer.
“It is News 12′s policy that reporters must be objective and not state personal opinions on-air,” said a spokesperson from News 12 in a statement to TheWrap. “In regards to the particular incident with Sean Bergin, the matter is being addressed internally and we don’t comment on personnel matters.”