It can’t be easy working for Fox News sometimes.
With that in mind here is the latest on Fox News reporter Mike Tobin who was ‘hit’ by a protester while reporting live from the Wisconsin unions protests (in this particular case the crowd was shouting Fox News lies).
Tobin was off camera when he announced he’d been “hit.”
Hit quickly became “punched” and “assaulted” in Fox News reports of the incident despite Tobin trying to downplay the ordeal to Megyn Kelly on Sunday: “Yeah, technically, but I got punched in the arm…It didn’t even leave a bruise. So, I don’t want to make too big a deal about it.”
Tobin used the term “punched” again when describing the incident to Media Matters: “It was a punch. A punch is a punch, but it was just a punch in my arm. I grew up with three older brothers, it’s not my first time being punched. I don’t want to overdramatize it for the sake of TV or anything like that.”
This was before the video of the actual “hit” was released by Live Leak yesterday, revealing that the “hit” was more like a tap. (Honestly is almost looks like an accidental tap.)
Aaaand the plot thickens! Because after the video was released Media Matters attempted to follow up with Tobin about what it revealed and was told by Fox PR that “Tobin would have no further comment on the matter.”
Indeed. Whether that was Tobin’s decision (as opposed to Fox clamping down) is less clear.
And in his defence, it’s probably not a stretch for a person standing in a crowd of people yelling at him and crowding him, and yes hitting (or tapping) him to conclude, in that context, that it was intentional and remember it as being more than it was…though as noted he has gone to some lengths to tamp down the rhetoric Fox News has used in their reports on the incident.
And how Fox News chose to report it is really the problem here, more so because ‘Fox News under attack by union protesters’ has made up the framing of much of their coverage. Though once again to be fair, they have definitely been under verbal attack.
On a related note, Tobin told Media Matters (pre-radio silence) that he hadnt had a day off since Jan. 8:
Tobin later added, “Overall, I guess I am a little shaken up because I have had such nasty things said to me over the past couple of days, but it is not going to affect how I cover.”
Tobin wasn’t sure how long he would stay in Madison. He said he hadn’t had a day off since covering the January 8 Tucson shooting and in that time span had reported from Egypt and elsewhere.
Asked how this protest compares to Egypt, he said:
“Much more hate here in Wisconsin. … More violence in Egypt, more hate in Wisconsin.”
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