By Art Gallagher
In a report about Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago’s murder, Bergin went off script and closed the segment by saying, “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.”
News12 executives responded by proving Bergin’s point about the spineless media. They suspended him and then offered him a one day a week job, for $300 per week, covering fluff like broken fire hydrants or other inane subjects. They covered their asses by saying the discipline was for breaking company policy. Bergin turned them down and quit.
Bergin deserved a commendation for telling the truth, not a demotion which was an effective firing. But he has garnered national attention for his actions which will probably (hopefully) result in a better job for him. He’d be foolish to go back to News12 even if they offered him his job back.
News12 deserves a boycott and phone calls to their advertisers. If you a viewer of News12 or reader of their website and are so inclined, go for it if you are so inclined.
But that is not what I am calling for. Over the years I’ve had people call for boycotts to MMM, which resulted in increased traffic. I’ve had advertisers harassed, which I think is bullshit since the increased traffic made their ads more effective. I lost some advertisers and gained others as a result of those actions.
Instead, as a show of support for Bergin and to send a message to News12, I’m calling for you to do something you can do right now and be done with it. If you have “Liked” News12 on facebook, click here and “Unlike” them. If you follow them on twitter, click here and unfollow them. If you haven’t liked or followed them, share this post. Changes are some of your friends do. You can also call 732-346-3200 and tell them what you think of how they treated Bergin.
Any of my readers, political or media figures, who are invited onto News12’s Power and Politics or any other show, I challenge to to use your airtime to criticize News12 management for how they treated Bergin for telling the truth.
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