A female reporter from The Hill newspaper was covering the incident in Virginia this weekend when she was punched by a left wing protester who was later arrested. The whole thing was caught on camera.
Mediaite has the story:
Man Arrested in Charlottesville Was Counter-Protestor Who Punched Female Reporter
One of the four men arrested for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia was reportedly a counter-protestor who punched a female reporter.
Virginia State Police announced last night that 21-year-old Jacob L. Smith of Louisa, Virginia was charged with misdemeanor assault & battery. And now it is known what led to his arrest.
The Hill reporter Taylor Lorenz was live-streaming the counter-protest on her phone when James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into the crowd, that left one dead and 19 injured. While capturing the immediate aftermath of the attack, where she stood only several feet away, Smith approached Lorenz, punched her in the face, and shouted “Stop the f**king recording!” The shirtless counter-protestor can be seen walking into the shot just seconds before the phone was knocked out of her hand.
Watch the video below:
People on the far left are often hostile to members of the media, particularly if cameras are involved. We’ve seen the same thing happen at other protests.