UPDATE: REPORTER ‘CLARIFIES’ FALSE CLAIM Media Needed Riot Cop Protection From Trump Supporters at Rally

UPDATE: AFTER IGNITING FIRESTORM OF HATE AGAINST TRUMP AND HIS SUPPORTERS WITH FALSE REPORT, LYING REPORTER NOW SAYS RIOT COPS PROTECTED MOTORCADE, NOT REPORTERS. A tweet by Los Angeles Times reporter Seema Mehta claimed threatening Trump supporters forced reporters to be escorted by riot police out of the Cincinnati, Ohio arena where Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a massive campaign rally with over 15,000 supporters Thursday night. (UPDATE AT END OF ARTICLE.)

Mehta was posting off of, but not directly quoting, a pool report from the rally in making her claim.

“Press at Trump evening rally getting escorted to motorcade under watch of cops in riot gear, per pool. This is getting increasingly scary.”

Predictably that report brought forth all kinds of hand wringing and denunciations of Trump and his supporters by other reporters and liberals.

“Media had to be escorted out of Trump event by police in riot gear. WE REAL AMERICANS HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS SHIT:”

There is only one problem. A reporter, Ben Schreckinger with Politico, who was actually at the rally disputed the claim the riot cops were there to protect the reporters from Trump supporters in replies to fellow reporters.


“Yes, crowds are growing angrier at the press, but it did not appear riot gear cops were assigned to protect us specifically”


“Yes, Trump crowds have been growing angrier at press, but it did not appear riot gear cops were there to protect us specifically”

Schreckinger made no mention about a police escort for reporters in an article published Thursday night by Politico with the scary title, “Trump crowds rain hate on the press; It’s getting dark out there.

The crowd at the rally held at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati heartily booed the traveling press when they entered the arena, loudly chanting, “Tell the truth!” Some reporters were shaken by the crowd’s anger.


“The vitriol toward the media here is as bad as I’ve ever seen it. Boos and cursing and middle fingers as soon as traveling press walked in.”

“When you walk into a stadium & thousands of people start booing and screaming at you…and continue for the next 5 minutes.”

“Soooo… this crowd is *really* riled up against the media.”

“When the traveling press corps walks into a @realDonaldTrump rally and gets this reception:”

No reporter reviewed on Twitter who was actually at the rally mentioned a police escort in later tweets from the rally.

Reporter Jess Bravin with the Wall Street Journal posted the early pool report on the reception for the press at the rally.


“Shoot the Messenger: A dispatch from the press pool that flies First Amendment One to cover Trump.”

Bravin did not post any other pool reports from the rally.

The pool reporter, Holly Bailey with Yahoo News made no mention of a police escort in her posts on Twitter from the rally.

Ben Jacobs with the Guardian posted a video clip of a Trump supporter razzing the press.

“.@brianstelter has competition in the media criticism market”

Featured Image via twitter.

UPDATE: LA Times reporter Seema Mehta posted a ‘clarification’ Friday morning:

“To clarify my tweet from last night: the motorcade was being guarded by cops in riot gear but press not escorted to it by cops in riot gear.”

That’s all Mehta wrote. There is no apology from her for her false reporting that instigated a firestorm of fear and hatred for Trump and his supporters.

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