Tuesday, November 6, 2018

With one oopsie, a Michigan reporter forever ruins her objective-journalist status

Should have verified that you'd ended the call first, darlin':

A reporter was caught on tape saying what she really thinks about Michigan Republican Senate candidate John James when she left him an obscene and insulting voicemail after thinking she had hung up the phone. “F*cking John James," she's heard saying. "That would suck.”
Brenda Battel, a reporter for the Huron Daily Tribune, left the crude message at James’s campaign office phone number Monday afternoon after requesting a post-election interview for Wednesday.
“Hi, my name is Brenda Battel. I’m a reporter with the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe, Michigan,” Battel said in the voicemail.
“I’m looking to set up an appointment with Mr. James for some time on Wednesday for a phone interview regarding the election results,” Battel continued. “I’m probably going to send an email over to the info@johnjamesforsenate.com with some details. Um, if you’d like to call me back, my number is … extension.… Thank you.”
After Battel thought she'd hung up the phone, she launched into a profane verbal attack on James.
“Man, if he beats her… Jesus! F*cking John James. Whew! That would suck! I don’t think it’s going to happen though,” Battel cursed. 
The Daily Tribune has since given her the heave-ho.


  1. Ooh what an oopsie. An episodic oopsie, but an oopsie nevertheless. Beats anecdotal I suppose. Still I suppose she deserved to get canned. Do you always denigrate women you think you don't like with such endearimg terms as toots & darlin'?

  2. Yep. Drives the lefties into a frenzy.

  3. You're as good as they come for name calling. It's easy to tell who you don't like.

  4. A frenzy? I guess, in that way seeing someone spit a juicy green loogie on the sidewalk. It's disgusting, but that doesn't say so much about the observer as it does the actor.

  5. And as someone who dabbles near the fringes of objective journalism, I'm not certain you have thought through your position regarding this story. Just sayin'.