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Real Shots Fired Now at the Fourth Estate: DJ's Wounding 4th Recent Violent Attack

Real Shots Fired Now at the Fourth Estate: DJ's Wounding 4th Recent Violent Attack

Bullet hole in studio window at radio station WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin. (Logan Wroge/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 August 2018 10:18 AM

Real shots, not rhetorical ones, are now being aimed at the media. Sunday’s wounding of a DJ at a Wisconsin radio station was at least the fourth recent violent attack against someone in the media. On Friday, a C-SPAN caller threatened to shoot CNN anchors Don Lemon and Brian Stelter.

This has occurred as anti-media political discourse escalates to levels where it's difficult to distinguish between the figurative and the literal. 

WORT-FM in Madison reported a masked man entered the radio station about 3 a.m. on Sunday and opened fire on three employees in its broadcast studio. The station said five shots were fired, hitting one DJ in the buttock, as bullets shattered the studio glass.

The station said the DJ, identified by WKNOW-TV only as a 33-year-old radio host, was hospitalized and later discharged.

The motive and how the assailant got into the station remained unknown, police said.

The C-SPAN morning show caller named “Dan” who threatened to shoot Lemon and Stelter accused them of calling all supporters of President Donald Trump "racist," The Hollywood Reporter said.

C-SPAN said it had reported the incident to the FBI and that it has "cooperated fully with CNN security officials" about the threat.

On June 28, five people were killed in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, and two others were injured, the Baltimore Sun reported. The suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder and is awaiting trial.

Three days later, KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico went dark after a intruder invaded its newsroom. The building was evacuated, and authorities searched the building, but the intruder was not located.

On Aug. 2, journalists from Detroit's WWJ-AM and WXYZ-TV were attacked while covering a story on the city's west side, the Detroit Free Press reported. A man with a metal object attempted to interrupt a live broadcast and then smashed the window and side mirror of the television station's live truck.

The man appeared to threaten WWJ-AM reporter Mike Campbell, WXYZ-TV reporter Nia Harden and photojournalist Mike Krotche before being chased and captured by Detroit Police, the Free Press said.

Trump has taken to calling the news media the "enemy of the people" which has concerned some about the public's treatment of journalists.

The latest Trump statement came in the Twitter post on Sunday.

Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway said on CBS "Face the Nation" on Sunday that while she did not believe that the media was an enemy of the people, she charged that "most of the sins (in media coverage) are sins of omission, not commission."

In Madison, David Devereaux-Weber, WORT Radio board president, told WKOW-TV the suspect may have learned the security code to the building that allowed him to enter undetected.

"No, we don't know why, that's quite a concern of ours," Devereaux-Weber said about a motive. "Somebody who had a beef about something ... and we're not quite sure whether it's a personal issue or a music issue."

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Real shots, not rhetorical ones, are now being aimed at the media. Sunday’s wounding of a DJ at a Wisconsin radio station was at least the fourth recent violent attack against someone in the media. On Friday, a C-SPAN caller threatened to shoot CNN anchors Don Lemon and Brian Stelter.
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