Vittert said the attack clearly targeted his news organization. “We took a good thumping,” he told The Associated Press.
His live shot was interrupted by protesters at Lafayette Park in Washington who shouted obscenities directed at Fox. Flanked by two security guards, he and photographer Christian Galdabini hurried away trailed by an angry group before riot police dispersed them.
Vittert said there were no markings on him or the crew’s equipment to identify them as from Fox. But he said during the demonstration, one man continually asked him who he worked for. He didn’t answer, but the man found a picture of Vittert on his cellphone and shouted to other protesters that he was from Fox.
“The protesters stopped protesting whatever it was they were protesting and turned on us, and that was a very different feeling,” he said.
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A correspondent from The Daily Caller, a conservative website, followed Vittert and the demonstrators as they exited the park and documented the scene.
In footage shot by the news site, some in the crowd can be hear shouting, “(Expletive) Fox News!”
At one point, someone took Vittert’s microphone and threw it at his back. A woman chasing him wore a T-shirt that said, “I can’t breathe.” Galdabini’s camera was broken.
“It was something I never thought I would see at the White House,” Vittert said later on Fox News.
After the incident, Vittert told AP, “I’m proud to be an organization that is unyielding in our coverage. We’re going to keep on telling our story and doing exactly what we’re doing.”
Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media, said in a memo on Saturday that Fox was taking all necessary security precautions to protect its journalists covering the story.
“We are truly living in unprecedented and transformative times and freedom of the press is a vital element to the foundation of our society,” Scott wrote.
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On Friday, CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was arrested while covering protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
During a live broadcast Friday, Jimenez and his crew were arrested on air by Minnesota State Patrol after identifying themselves and showing their press credentials.
“We are live on the air at the moment. … Just put us back where you want us, just let us know. Wherever you want us, just let us know,” Jimenez tells police officers before one comes behind him with handcuffs. “Do you mind telling me why I’m under arrest, sir?”
After getting identification information from himself and his crew, he said “they eventually came back with our belongings … unclipped our handcuffs” and led the crew out.
“There was no, ‘Sorry, this is a big misunderstanding,’ ” he added.
“There was a moment, minutes after it happened where things started to sink in a little bit,” he said. “I was just as confused as you.”
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz later apologized at a news conference and said he takes “full responsibility” for the incident.
“There is absolutely no reason something like this should happen,” he told journalists. “This is a very public apology to that team.”
CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta damaged Friday by a group of protesters who also fought with police and set cars afire. While police tried to keep them away from the CNN Center, demonstrators broke windows there and scrawled obscene graffiti on the network’s logo.
Contributing: The Associated Press and Kim Willis and Sara M. Moniuszko, USA TODAY