“Smashed cameras. The words ‘Murder the media’ scratched into a door of the Capitol”

From a New York Times story by Tiffany Hsu and Katie Robertson headlined “Covering Pro-Trump Mobs, the News Media Became a Target”:

Smashed cameras. Threats. The words “Murder the media” scratched into a door of the Capitol.

As Trump supporters rampaged on Wednesday, incited by the president’s false claims of a stolen election, they hit on a secondary target: journalists.

Members of the news media who were reporting from the streets and squares of Washington were threatened and surrounded, and their colleagues inside the Capitol were forced to shelter in secure locations for hours.

A video taken by William Turton, a Bloomberg News reporter, showed a crowd outside the building advancing on a camera crew, yelling, “Get out of here,” and smashing equipment. Paul McLeod, a Buzzfeed News reporter, shared a photo of a noose the group had fashioned out of a camera cord and hung from a tree.

Some in the mob chanted “CNN sucks” as they stomped on cameras, though the equipment was labeled with stickers from The Associated Press. (A spokesman for The A.P. confirmed that its equipment had been stolen and destroyed. . . .)

Chip Reid, of CBS News, reported that he had worn protective gear that he had last used while covering conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It is so disturbing to have to wear a helmet and flak jacket on the grounds of the United States Capitol,” he said. . . .” He described the pro-Trump agitators as “absolutely, ferociously angry at the media.”

The MSNBC anchor Yasmin Vossoughian said on air outside the Capitol that she and her team had worn clothing unmarked by MSNBC or NBC insignia. “We knew there might be pushback, some hostility toward us,” she said, “because, as you well know, the president is continuously talking about the fake news media and telling people not to trust the media.”. . .

Journalists who were covering the counting of the electoral votes inside the Capitol building sought shelter from the violent protesters who had smashed their way in. Haley Talbot, an NBC producer, took refuge in a congressional representative’s office with five other reporters. She called into MSNBC’s broadcast and described a “dire situation” earlier that had required her and others to grab gas masks while evading those pounding on the glass door of the House chamber. . . .

Tiffany Hsu is a media reporter for the business desk, focusing on advertising and marketing. Previously, she covered breaking business news. Before joining The Times, she wrote about the California economy for The Los Angeles Times.

Katie Robertson is a media reporter. She previously worked as an editor and reporter at Bloomberg and News Corporation Australia.

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