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    14 Oct 2016

    Frenzied Donald Trump Supporters Are Turning On The Media -- And It's Getting Scary

    Covering Donald Trump rallies has never been easy for journalists. Members of the press are often the target of jeering by unruly crowds that are egged on by the candidate himself.

    But as the campaign falters and Trump spins tales of a media conspiracy, the scene appears to be getting even uglier. 

    In Ohio on Thursday, Trump claimed that allegations he groped several women were “lies, corruption and false accusations of the crooked Hillary campaign and the mainstream media,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Earlier in the day in Florida, he said the media was at “war,” with an agenda to elect Clinton “at any cost, at any price, no matter how many lives they destroy.”

    These and similar comments have whipped the crowds into a frenzy of anger. Here are some tweets and images showing what it’s like to cover a Trump rally at this stage of the campaign:

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

    A Trump supporter gives the finger to the media at a rally in Cincinnati on Thursday.

    Traveling campaign media was just booed as they entered the building. Now chants of "Tell the truth!"

    As Trump attacks press today, there is notably more security around media assembled here.

    This guy is standing behind the press pen at the Trump rally heckling reporters as they try to work. "Clinton surrogate prostitutes!"

    Trump supports jeer reporters as they arrive at a campaign rally in Cincinnati on Thursday.

    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.

    Traveling press files into seats at Trump rally in Cincinnati; crowd boos lustily upon their arrival.

    "It is, at times, just getting downright scary." - @Acosta on swastika sign left on media table after Trump speech today.

    Crowd listening to Trump defend himself absolutely fired up. As he trashes press, they are joining in hurling insults around press pen.
    Also on Thursday, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement calling Trump “an unprecedented threat to the rights of journalists.”
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