Former Reporter Blasts Liberals in Interview
You would think that former News 12 New Jersey reporter Sean Bergin, who quit his job after being suspended for his incendiary on-air comments about young Black men during a report on a cop shooting Sunday evening, would have issued an apology by now.
You would think that someone as media-savvy as Bergin would take to social media and express his contrition.
You would think that Bergin would be doing anything but what he did earlier this week.
In a new interview with Glenn Beck’s website, TheBlaze.com, Bergin actually doubled down on his comments. He told a reporter that he put his job on the line because he felt he was doing the right thing.
“I broke the rules, but I broke the rules because I was doing the right thing,” he said. “You can’t fix a problem if you don’t talk about the problem. The truth is, 73 percent of African-American children grow up without fathers. It’s a topic that needs to be handled delicately — and really, this situation could have been used as a way to explore that.”
He added: “I’m in these housing projects all the time, and it’s all for the same thing: Black men slaughtering each other in the streets. Why is this happening?” he continued, adding that it’s nearly impossible to cover the issue in-depth and accurately when surrounded by “stark raving liberals who masquerade as journalists.”
In true reporter fashion, these comments raise a slew of follow-up questions. (As they should.) For one, if Bergin spent as much time in the projects as he claimed, wouldn’t he have seen a lot more than simple murder and mayhem?
Wouldn’t he have seen mothers doing their best to raise their children, kids chatting on their way to school, neighbors exchanging greetings and all of the everyday happenings of a regular neighborhood?
Wouldn’t he have a lot more insight into issues like the effects of institutional racism, the school-to-prison pipeline, the lack of educational opportunities, food deserts and — oh yeah — police brutality on poor neighborhoods? Guess not. Leave that hoity-toity stuff to the “liberals.”
Speaking of police brutality, Bergin’s lack of nuance regarding the issue (especially as a reporter) is absolutely mind-boggling.
First of all, the angry words of a grieving wife should not be used to smear an entire group of people. That’s Journalism 101.
Secondly, while no can argue that killing a cop is a heinous crime, shouldn’t Bergin know that police brutality (not to mention stop-and-frisk and other such policies) is a far bigger issue in these neighborhoods? Shouldn’t the names of Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima, Anthony Baez and many, many others run through Bergin’s head before he started running his mouth?
Yes, the lack of fathers in the Black community is a serious one that must be addressed. Bergin is correct there (even if his stats aren’t), but he loses me completely when he suggests that the media won’t touch the issue.
Again, this comment raises a follow-up question: Does this guy have any idea who our current president is? Our president is the African-American son of a single mother who not only wrote an entire memoir on the effect of his father’s absence on his life, but has also addressed the issue on multiple occasions before and during his presidency.
How do we know this? Well, it just so happens that media entities hire actual reporters to keep tabs on everything the POTUS says and does. See how that works?
It’s one thing to speak off the cuff. It’s another to do so on TV. It’s another thing entirely to say something controversial on TV, and then double down by continuing to talk about things you know nothing about. A few scant hours a week in the projects does not offer you a window into Black America.
If there’s something you’d like to know more about, do what most real reporters do: Read some books and talk to some people. You might learn something.