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'Body-Slammed' Reporter Donating Broken Glasses to Newseum

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Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont. (AP Photo/Matt Vol)

By    |   Tuesday, 30 May 2017 07:30 PM

Ben Jacobs, the Guardian reporter whose glasses were broken during a confrontation with a Montana GOP congressional candidate, has a new pair on order, and is donating the broken pair to the Newseum.

The Guardian on Tuesday posted a story about Jacobs' trip to the eye doctor, where he ordered up the new specs to replace the pair broken when Jacobs' said he was "body slammed" by Greg Gianforte, the night before Montana's special election.

Gianforte went on to win the vote the next day, though he was charged with misdemeanor assault over the confrontation with the reporter.

According to audio recorded by Jacobs, Gianforte became angry when Jacobs entered a room where Fox News was set to conduct an interview and began asking Gianforte about the CBO report on the GOP healthcare bill.

Following the sounds of scuffling, Jacobs can be heard saying, "You just body slammed me and broke my glasses."

Jacobs said at the time he was "terribly uncomfortable being part of the story," but added, "And now it seems I've become the story."

The Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., is an interactive museum that, according to its website, "promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition."

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