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Facts and the Media

The media want peo­ple to think that Don­ald Trump’s attacks on the press have been respon­si­ble for reporters being injured while cov­er­ing news events.

Sim­ply put, that’s just fake news.

The U.S. Press Free­dom Tracker, which is fre­quently ref­er­enced in media reports, details attacks against media types. See https://​press​free​dom​tracker​.us/​p​h​y​s​i​c​a​l​-​a​ttack

The press appar­ently didn’t look very closely at the data.

In 2018, the data show that 31 inci­dents have occurred — nearly all of which had noth­ing to do with Trump. More impor­tant, left­ists attacked jour­nal­ists quite fre­quently, but that incon­ve­nient truth goes unreported.

The worst inci­dent occurred in Annapo­lis, Mary­land, where a man armed with a shot­gun killed five peo­ple at the Cap­i­tal Gazette. The mur­ders had to do with a long­stand­ing com­plaint the killer had with the news organization.

Here are some exam­ples of the left harm­ing reporters:

–In an Antifa rally in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia, two jour­nal­ists were accosted by demon­stra­tors on August 12.

–In March, a San Diego reporter and her pho­tog­ra­pher were attacked dur­ing an anti-​Trump rally. Nei­ther was seri­ously injured.

–A Texas reporter got smacked in the ear dur­ing a pro-​immigration rally in Texas.

Sev­eral inci­dents occurred when jour­nal­ists got too close to the action dur­ing demon­stra­tions from the right and the left when cops pushed the reporters out of the way. One guy got hit with a water bot­tle and got a super­fi­cial head wound.

These jour­nal­ists appar­ently hadn’t got­ten much train­ing into how to pre­pare to cover a demon­stra­tion. Note: You usu­ally need to pro­tect your head! It’s a bit more dan­ger­ous than rid­ing your bike.

I found three inci­dents that could be loosely tied back to the pres­i­dent. That would be less than 10 per­cent of what I would con­sider a rel­a­tively small num­ber of attacks on the press in the United States.

Here is the most seri­ous incident:

–On May 22, 2018, secu­rity guards at the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency pre­vented a num­ber of jour­nal­ists from enter­ing a build­ing where EPA admin­is­tra­tor Scott Pruitt was giv­ing a speech. AP reporter Ellen Knick­meyer said that when she asked to speak with some­one from the EPA’s press office about the denial of access, one of the secu­rity guards grabbed her shoul­ders and phys­i­cally pushed her out of the building.

Seri­ously? That’s the most egre­gious exam­ple of Trump’s attacks on the press caus­ing dan­ger to reporters?

But there’s more.

On July 12, while sit­ting near the set of a pro-​life movie film­ing in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Daily Beast reporter Will Som­mer had his notes stolen and then ripped apart.

[A] man later iden­ti­fied by police as a mem­ber of the crew came over to where I was sit­ting in pub­lic space with a group of tourists and grabbed my notepad out of my hand by force,” Som­mer wrote in an arti­cle about the incident.

Boo hoo!

I had to laugh at the third inci­dent that could be loosely tied to the Trump administration.

Medi­aite reporter Caleb Ecarma claimed he was shoved by for­mer White House adviser Sebas­t­ian Gorka while attempt­ing to inter­view him at the Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence in National Har­bor, Mary­land, on Feb­ru­ary 22.

That would be a con­ser­v­a­tive shov­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from an even more con­ser­v­a­tive pub­li­ca­tion, Medi­aite, which most jour­nal­ists do not con­sider a news organization.

Nev­er­the­less, nearly 300 “news” orga­ni­za­tions recently pub­lished edi­to­ri­als con­demn­ing Pres­i­dent Trump for cre­at­ing a dan­ger­ous atmos­phere for the media.

Let me say it one more time with feel­ing: Fake news!

The media want people to think that Donald Trump’s attacks on the press have been responsible for reporters being injured while covering news events.

Simply put, that’s just fake news.

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, which is frequently referenced in media reports, details attacks against media types. See https://pressfreedomtracker.us/physical-attack

The press apparently didn’t look very closely at the data.

In 2018, the data show that 31 incidents have occurred—nearly all of which had nothing to do with Trump. More important, leftists attacked journalists quite frequently, but that inconvenient truth goes unreported.

The worst incident occurred in Annapolis, Maryland, where a man armed with a shotgun killed five people at the Capital Gazette. The murders had to do with a longstanding complaint the killer had with the news organization.

Here are some examples of the left harming reporters:

–In an Antifa rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, two journalists were accosted by demonstrators on August 12.

–In March, a San Diego reporter and her photographer were attacked during an anti-Trump rally. Neither was seriously injured.

–A Texas reporter got smacked in the ear during a pro-immigration rally in Texas.

Several incidents occurred when journalists got too close to the action during demonstrations from the right and the left when cops pushed the reporters out of the way. One guy got hit with a water bottle and got a superficial head wound.

These journalists apparently hadn’t gotten much training into how to prepare to cover a demonstration. Note: You usually need to protect your head! It’s a bit more dangerous than riding your bike.

I found three incidents that could be loosely tied back to the president. That would be less than 10 percent of what I would consider a relatively small number of attacks on the press in the United States.

Here is the most serious incident:

–On May 22, 2018, security guards at the Environmental Protection Agency prevented a number of journalists from entering a building where EPA administrator Scott Pruitt was giving a speech. AP reporter Ellen Knickmeyer said that when she asked to speak with someone from the EPA’s press office about the denial of access, one of the security guards grabbed her shoulders and physically pushed her out of the building.

Seriously? That’s the most egregious example of Trump’s attacks on the press causing danger to reporters?

But there’s more.

On July 12, while sitting near the set of a pro-life movie filming in Washington, D.C., Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer had his notes stolen and then ripped apart.

“[A] man later identified by police as a member of the crew came over to where I was sitting in public space with a group of tourists and grabbed my notepad out of my hand by force,” Sommer wrote in an article about the incident.

Boo hoo!

I had to laugh at the third incident that could be loosely tied to the Trump administration.

Mediaite reporter Caleb Ecarma claimed he was shoved by former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka while attempting to interview him at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 22.

That would be a conservative shoving a representative from an even more conservative publication, Mediaite, which most journalists do not consider a news organization.

Nevertheless, nearly 300 “news” organizations recently published editorials condemning President Trump for creating a dangerous atmosphere for the media.

Let me say it one more time with feeling: Fake news!