Fired MI Journalist Who Trashed John James Offers Apology A Little Too Late

After her hot mic went viral, the now fired reporter Brenda Battel is sorry she was caught red-handed.


Polls have tighten in the U.S. Senate race in Michigan, which led one reporter to express her bias against Republican nominee John James.


“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 [email protected] with some details. Um, if you’d like to call me back, my number is … extension … Thank you.”


Battel attempts to hang up after giving her number, but the phone remains connected.


“Man, if he beats her… Jesus! F\***ing John James. That would suck! Whew I don’t think it’s going to happen though,” Battel continued.*


Brenda Battel, who was a reporter for Huron Daily Tribune , was fired after her personal thoughts on James came to light.


She called the Jones campaign on 3:40pm local time yesterday to get comment from the candidate. Believed to have hung up on the call, Battel was still recording her call and was caught saying something to the effect of “f***ing John James … that would suck.”


A recent poll found James only trailing incumbent Debbie Stabenow by just two points. It should be noted that it’s an outlier poll, but who knows? This could be the race to watch tonight.

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Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman is a media strategist based in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. She has written for The Resurgent since March 2016 and serves as their D.C. Correspondent.

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