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Jim Gardner is sorry he shared his biases on television…

8:45 AM EDT on June 2, 2020

As we told you yesterday, KWTV Sky News Ranger Chopper 9 pilot Jim Gardner caused quite a controversy over the weekend when he used his aerial platform in the sky to go full Fox News on individuals protesting police violence and the death of George Floyd.

It resulted in scores and scores of online complaints, angry phone calls and people calling for his job. As a result, Jim Gardner issued the following apology:

As far as forced non-apology apologies go that people issue so they can remain employed, that one isn't bad. I believe him when he said he never intended for his blissfully unaware conservative, pro-police state biases to hurt and offend so many people, and I double believe him when he says he wishes he would have said things differently. In hindsight, I bet he wishes he would have said something like this:

"Kelly, you're cutting out here. What was that? Kelly? Hello??? We're getting interference from the police scanners. You guys can take things over from here."

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how this controversy affects Jim. Ever since he was suspended in 2014 for performing stunts with the chopper at a small airport, he's been on excellent behavior. Knowing that, I bet he does an excellent job from here on out and keeps his biased thoughts and feelings to himself.

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