Fox Assistant Fired for McCain Worship

A young Fox News staffer was fired for telling John McCain she’d voted for him, Chris Ariens reports.

Insiders tell us the assistant, identified as Jennifer Locke, was on assignment with a camera crew to cover the entertainment angle of the event. When Sen. John McCain walked by, the assistant said, “I voted for you in the primary, you’re going to win.” McCain was overheard saying to her, “You’re not supposed to reveal that.” Locke apparently continued to explain that she is the daughter of a Vietnam veteran.

Insiders who were at the event were surprised and shocked to hear the disclosure, which was recorded on videotape. A Fox News insider called it “journalistically unacceptable.” An FNC spokesperson would not comment on the personnel matter but did confirm Locke is no longer with the company, where she’d worked for a couple of years.

Some wonder whether there’s a double standard in place. Bob Owens wonders,

So when is MSNBC going to step up to those same standards and dismiss Chris Matthews for his on-air announcement that Barack Obama caused a”thrill” up his leg? Is telling a candidate that you voted for him unacceptable, but blurting out a homo-erotic reaction to a candidate’s speech not a level of disclosure that is forbidden, even if that disclosure is merely hyperbole making the journalist’s personal attraction to the candidate equally strong?

Ken Shepherd observes, “Of course that is journalistically unacceptable, as much if not more so than the Obamania that ostensibly objective journalists at other networks have expressed.”

Paddy thinks “kick[ing] some kid to the curb over a little hero worship is just freaking wrong,” especially when “Fox talking heads that day after day do the cable version of prostitution for anyone with an R after their name.”

Most of the cases cited are analysts, who are there to give their opinions. But, as Shepherd notes, straight reporters not infrequently reveal their biases. One would think even a 24-year-old would know not to do this sort of thing, especially after two years on the job. Still, firing seems rather harsh. It’s not as if she’s on-air talent. Then again, we don’t know her history she might have been warned on previous occasions.

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  1. DL says:

    When Eric Severide started putting his anaylisis on the news he just reported, I saw the beginning of a line that blurred the difference between news and editorializing.

    I no longer differentiate – they are all editorialists – some hide it better than others. Some seek truth, but they still show their opinions in doing so.

    The closest to pure news was when the old teletype was buzzing 24/7. “Just the facts Ma’m.”

    In this election, the libs and MSM have dropped all pretense and the battle of the libs (Hillary crowd vs Obama crowd) have exposed that they are biased and no longer in the closet.

    The electorate it seems aren’t interestested in truth any longer, just bias in support oftheir positions.

    The libs have successfully divided and polarized the country by what is good for the special interests, not the nation as a whole.

  2. Anon says:

    I don’t understand why a journalist cannot reveal who she voted for. Of all the power that a journalist yields, that single vote is probably the most inconsequential.

    So they can’t reveal who they voted for, but they can slant stories?

  3. justgroovy says:

    If the real reason she was fired was this “admission” of political preference, FOXNEWS was wrong. If I’m reading the story correctly, her reporting was not covering the political aspect of the event, but the entertainment value.

    Beyond that, she was commenting on her past voting record, not on her future voting preference. Her comment that “you’re going to win” is no different than commentators stating that Hillary has no chance to win the Dem nomination.