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Resentment toward the media that has been promoted by President Donald Trump is causing local reporters and photographers to fear for their safety, so much so that The Radio Television Digital News Association has started to circulate safety and self-defense tips to members of the media. CNN reporter Jim Acosta told Trump last week to tone down his harsh rhetoric towards the media or else a member of the media was going to get hurt. Since Acosta issued his plea to the president, CNN offices have been the target of three suspicious packages resembling the ones containing mail bombs sent to high-profile Democratic leaders last week. The Radio Television Digital News Association has recorded 39 incidents in which journalists were physically attacked in the US this year, including the June 28 shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were killed. Video journalist Joshua Replogle of The Associated Press said a man kicked his camera over while he was filming in North Carolina and started punching him in the face. Replogle said that he heard one of the friends of the assailant say “fake news” during the incident. The Radio Television Digital News Association is advising news companies to curb their use of one-person crews citing safety precautions.
NEW YORK (AP) — The hostility she’s felt from the public recently wasn’t necessarily the last straw in television news photographer Lori Bentley-Law’s decision to quit the business after 24 years, but it was one of them.
Bentley-Law’s recent blog post explaining why she was leaving Los Angeles’ KNBC-TV hit home for many colleagues. While President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media are usually centered on national outlets like CNN and The New York Times, the attitudes unleashed have filtered down to journalists on the street covering news in local communities across the country.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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