The White House correspondent for The New York Times came out in support of the British journalist allegedly assaulted by new Montana’s new GOP House member -- taking to Twitter to promote a fund to help Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs buy a new pair of glasses.
On Thursday, Times scribe Glenn Thrush tweeted:
The tweet referred to the GoFundMe drive created Thursday after Greg Gianforte, a day before a special election to fill a Montana House seat, allegedly body-slammed Jacobs who had asked him a question about the GOP’s controversial plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.
“Get the hell out of here!" Gianforte reportedly yelled, according to The Guardian.
Jacobs, who was knocked down and had his glasses smashed, called the police who charged Gianforte with misdemeanor assault, a crime punishable by up to six months behind bars. Jacobs was taken to a local hospital to be x-rayed for injuries.
The GoFundMe page calls the incident an “outrageous attack,” and continues, “Let's help him get a new pair. Help spread the word!”
The campaign was later altered after Jacobs asked that all donations go to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
"Protecting journalism is far more important than the state of my spectacles right now," Jacobs said.
As of late Friday morning, 137 people had donated a total of $3,108. One of them, Patrick Hurley, who donated $50, said: “They can knock Ben down, but they can't silence him!”
After his staff initially denied the assault, Gianforte -- who won the special election with just over 50 percent of the vote -- apologized to Jacobs, stating he was “not proud of what happened."
The attack was corroborated by a Fox News reporter who witnessed it.
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