In what can only be described as a Reaganesque move given that he was one of the few presidents out there to demand questions be asked of a person sitting in a chair during a press conference, it seems that the Trump for President campaign has the mass media corralled – literally – and the big boys of snap happy fame found out what happens if they get out of line as it were the hard way.
Chris Morris, a photographer working for TIME currently, briefly “stepped out of the press pen” at a Trump rally in Radford University in Virginia, and was more or less tackled by the Secret Service. Most accounts of the incident claim that there was a chokehold involved, Morris swore at the men in suits, he was shoved to the ground, yada yada. Bottom line: Mr. Morris is at home nursing himself.
“I’ve worked for nine years at the White House and have never had an altercation with the Secret Service,” Morris says in a statement. “What happened today was very unfortunate and unexpected. The rules at Trump events are significantly stricter than other campaigns and make it very difficult to work as a photographer, as many others have pointed out before me. I regret my role in the confrontation, but the agent’s response was disproportionate and unnecessarily violent. I hope this incident helps call attention to the challenges of press access.”…“I am shaken, but physically I am OK. I’m heading home to rest but plan to be back on the trail for TIME soon.”
Challenges of press access? Hey, Trump actually took steps to confine photographers who walk into any building anywhere like they own the place and have no problem standing in front of women and children just so they can get the perfect shot. Good for him.
As it happens, Morris most likely did not help his cause with the Secret Service, and the incident is under investigation by a number of entities. However, this episode does tell us something about Donald Trump that we did not know. He is not afraid to tick off the media. He probably also doesn’t care for the constant clicking of all the cameras. His campaign’s departure from the free for all of the mainstream media’s circus is refreshing, actually. Some other people would probably like to see the candidate from time to time.