Definitely Don't Feel As Bad For These Reporters Injured During The Baltimore Riots As I Probably Should...
DailyMail- Journalists in Baltimore, Maryland got a taste of war reporting Monday night as they covered the race riots that broke out in the city in the wake of Freddie Gray's death.
In the violence that broke out in clashes between police and rogue protesters, at least five reporters and cameramen were injured, according to journalism organization Poynter.
All of the journalists targeted on Monday say they were attacked by the rioters - and not police.
A cameraman for CCTV, a Chinese news station that focuses on issues impacting Asia and Latin America, posted a photo showing blood streaming down his face after a protester beat him and stole his camera.
'I have a broken nose and three stitches in my upper lip,' Janney told Poynter.
'I got jumped covering Baltimore violence. Broken nose, busted lip, phone stolen. I'm ok,' he later tweeted.
A Baltimore Sun reporter tweeted around 9pm that one of the paper's photographers had been attacked by a group of rioters while trying to take pictures on Howard Street.
'People were yelling at him "stop taking pictures,"' Sun writer Carrie Wells tweeted.
:double checks reports:
Yup, they are all alive. Now I feel much better saying what I was about say. I don't feel bad for them. Well, maybe a little bad for them, but not nearly as bad as I would usually feel for innocent victims. Let me ask a few questions here. Do you walk through a known mine field and blame the mines? Do you jump into a tiger cage and blame the tiger when you are inevitably mauled? If you agree to have drinks at Jeffrey Dahmer's house whose fault is it when you wake up with no arms and walking like a duck? Listen, the 'protestors'/rioters are goddamn animals. That much is apparent. They have no right to tear a city down and injure some reporters in the process. However, since they obviously can't be tamed, you probably shouldn't put yourself in harm's way. Don't poke the bear, if you will. Maybe don't mindlessly wander through the middle of a riot with a selfie stick like you are an Asian tourist in Times Square. Anyone with a camera in their hand is public enemy number one when there is a riot taking place. It's not like these journalists were collateral damage, they were one of the main targets. I got a question for the reporters that were injured. Was your report going to paint the people that eventually beat you in a positive light? If someone was broadcasting to the world how terrible a person I was while I was ten fucking away from them I would beat their ass too.
I understand that sometimes the job of a news reporter puts their well being in jeopardy, but there are also a lot of them that tempt fate for the chance of a better look at a breaking story. Maybe respect your own life more than a wide angled point of view of a bunch of anarchists engulfing the city in flames. If they don't respect the authority of law enforcement, or innocent business owners, what makes you think they are going to give a pass to a bunch of people that are attempting to ruin their public perception? Trust me, they don't need the help.
P.S. Turns out police were responsible for this beating of a journalist, which just goes to show, if you aren't rioting or attempting to stop the rioting, get the fuck out of dodge. Nothing good can happen.
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