Published On: Thu, Mar 15th, 2012

Occupy Denver versus FOX reporter – Expletives fly VIDEO

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Denver weather has picked up lately with a couple glorious 65-degree sunshine-filled days.

At Occupy Denver, where protesters have braved months of frigid temperatures, this is undoubtedly a welcome development, and one of the group’s few bright spots. The group has faced down a bit of negative publicity lately, including reports of scabies and accusations of assaulting a police officer. And after a recent expletive-laden scuffle with Fox31 politics reporter Eli Stokols, we can’t imagine relations with the media will improve any time soon.

Stokols was recording a live segment in Civic Center Park on March 8, when protesters stepped into the background of his report holding signs that read “F**K The POLICE” and “POLICE ARE THE ARMY of THE RICH.”

The encounter forced the Fox31 crew to halt their broadcast and led to a less than civil exchange between both sides.

Confronted by one protester who tells Stokols, “You make up lies,” Stokols responds: “We’ve covered your issues, we’ve [been out here], we covered Michael Moore, we’ve covered regular people standing out across the street … and we’ve covered the police. We’ve covered your meetings with the police … I’m in the middle of a liveshot so this is not the time to debate with you guys.”

After the provocation ends the broadcast, Stokols lets loose: “When I’m live on f**king television, and you can film this [he says to the man with the camera], you don’t come up and f**k us up..”

“You want to be taken seriously?” Stokols asks the protesters, “You want the media to respect your point of view? Then you respect us.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/eli-stokols-occupy-denver-fight_n_1345696.html

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