The media loves to slam our President as some kind of evil tyrant out to physically harm journalists.
Will they focus the same level of effort on reporting when a Leftists’ campaign staffers ACTUALLY physically harm journalists?
As reported by the Daily Wire:
According to the Washington Examiner’s Joseph Simonson, campaign staffer for the democratic socialist was involved in a “confrontation” with reporters during a press event hosted by the Des Moines Register following Sanders stump speech at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday.
“The confrontation erupted after members of the campaign relentlessly pushed the local journalists to make room for Sanders as he made his way to various attractions at the fair on Sunday,” Simonson reports. “…Security for the event, as well as members of Sanders’ campaign, repeatedly grabbed and shoved members of the press. One staffer for the Des Moines Register pushed a gate into a reporter for the Washington Examiner after telling him that ‘not all press’ would be allowed to follow Sanders around.”
This sounds like a mess.
Surely, SURELY the media will be ALL over it.
Simonson describes the pool of reporters as having “erupted in chaos” over the staffer’s alleged overly aggressive handling of the press, particularly one female photographer who he reports was pushed “many times.”
“Do not put your hands on me,” the photographer said. “You keep pushing me.”
Simonson notes that the incident was significant enough that one of the other reporters felt compelled to make sure the female photographer was okay. Several journalists complained in the press office about the campaign’s treatment of the press, he reports.
So what does the coverage of this altercation look like?
While the Des Moines Register hosted the “chaotic” event, the outlet’s coverage of Sanders’ appearance doesn’t mention the confrontations or complaints, focusing instead on Sanders’ appeal to Iowans caucusogoers, who hold a prominent role in selecting the Democratic candidate. “Iowa caucusgoers in 2016 propelled Sanders to within a third of a percentage point of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s showing in the first-in-the-nation caucuses,” the paper points out.
Now, for comparison’s sake, remember when Corey Lewandowski grabbed Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields? ( Admittedly – that was wrong. I’m not defending it.)
The media was AAAALL over it. We’re talking headline news here.
This? Eh. This was just a ‘chaotic’ event. Nothing to see here.