“Please use this moment to reflect on the importance of journalism as a link between us. We tell stories. This is our mission. We have the privilege of cherishing moments across time and space. Please subscribe to your hard-working local newspapers and support their calling, ”Minchillo replied to the video of his attack shared on Twitter.
(WARNING: This story contains violent videos, photos, and languages that may not be suitable for all readers.)
My friend @johnminchillo from AP was attacked outside the capital yesterday. The words that come out of Trump’s mouth through the press as “enemies of the state” lead directly to this. Anyone who endorses or repeats their bile through the press is complicit at https://t.co/RCKATf7wAo
– Lucas Jackson (@Lucas_Jackson_) January 8, 2021
In a thread of photos posted on Twitter, BuzzFeed News Reporter Paul McLeod Photos taken from equipment left by the Associated Press after crowds attacked reporters. According to McLeod, one man yelled, “We are now on the news when a lot was damaging equipment. McLeod too reported that a sling was made from a camera cable and hung from a tree.
BREAKING. Mob of Trump supporters rave the media near the U.S. Capitol. They shout what Trump often says: “The media is the enemy of the people.” They destroy equipment and chase reporters away. I’ve never seen anything like it in my 20 year career: @nbcwashington @MSNBC pic.twitter.com/3VLC07JQR2
– Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) January 6, 2021
In front of the Capitol, pro-Trump protesters smash cameras and other media devices and shout, “CNN sucks!”
A man took a wooden stick and knocked down the pile of destroyed equipment.
This stuff doesn’t belong to CNN. They destroy AP devices. pic.twitter.com/NeIUUSuYaC
– Christal Hayes (@Journo_Christal) January 6, 2021
The Associated Press confirmed that their equipment had been stolen and destroyed, and found that none of their employees had been injured.
In another video posted on Twitter, the terrorists tried again to target people they believed were from CNN. While it is unclear whether the journalist was from CNN, the fact that these journalists were attacked is wrong.
Not exactly clear who they were, but another journalist may have been attacked near the Capitol breach that Trump supporters flocked into. This was from neo-Nazi Baked Alaska ‘s livestream claiming the man worked for CNN (again not clear exactly what that means): pic.twitter.com/iyn8bBAaR7
– Jake Godin (@JakeGodin) January 8, 2021
But the violent Trump allies weren’t the only ones according to journalists on Wednesday. Washington Post reporters were briefly arrested by police Tuesday night after they reported that police officers had arrested reporters for doing their jobs all year round.
The arrested reporters were identified as Zoeann Murphy and Whitney Leaming. The two shared on Twitter that they would be safe after their quick release. “I’ve heard from so many journalist friends / colleagues who have been in or around the Capitol today that they are fine. That’s a lie. “Leaming tweeted. “They are not doing well, but they are putting their physical safety and mental health aside to focus on the present story [because] One of the most important rules of journalism is that the story is not about you. Please remember and maybe don’t threaten your life, I beg you. “
According to The New York TimesMedia officials were threatened and surrounded for hours, and those in the Capitol had to find shelter in safe places to avoid attack. A reporter for the Los Angeles Times remembered her experience hides in the house gallery during an armed standoff.
Sarah D. Wire of the Los Angeles Times wrote:
I heard a commotion behind me and turned to see a dozen reporters being led into the gallery by press offices. Then the police closed and locked the doors. The police stopped the process to announce that tear gas had been used in the rotunda.
A staff member gave me an evacuation hood, a cumbersome plastic bag that filters out tear gas and chemicals. She told me to pass it on and others in line until everyone got one. Reporters weren’t the only ones in the gallery. Employees monitored the process. More than a dozen lawmakers had also taken their places in the public galleries facing the floor of the house. Now we were locked in the room together.
The rioters, driven by Trump’s hatred, were obviously not afraid of police involvement. CBS news reporter Chip Reid, who was wearing protective clothing the last time he covered conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, noted that a rioter told him that law enforcement officers would not protect journalists. “There were no police around us – we were alone,” said Reid. “We threw it out there.”
CBS News’s Chip Reid reports from the mayhem outside the Capitol: “There were no police around us. We were alone. I remember one of the protesters next to me saying, ‘The police don’t care about you. They just protect The Senators. You’re alone, mate. “Pic.twitter.com/PYHZ4pdmNr
– CBS News (@CBSNews) January 6, 2021
Of course, Trump addressed the crowd later in a video statement Wednesday, however, continued to claim that the election had been “stolen”. The video, which has been removed from many social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter, is expected to spark further violence. As Trump continues to target anyone who shouts his lies, his zombies are still ready for battle.
“Capitol rioters called for violence against members of the news media, destroyed news equipment, and harassed journalists as ‘the enemy of the people’ – actions that pose a serious threat not only to those who work tirelessly to get information into our communities for the freedom of the press, which is a core value of our nation, ”said Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters’ Committee on Freedom of the Press, in one Explanation.
“These actions are the direct result of years of language that fueled fear and hatred for one of our most important institutions. Our free press is vital to democracy and, in fact, one of the pillars that will help it last beyond this moment. “