It used to be that if you were a journalist, you were left alone because people knew that you were going to say everything that happened no matter who did it to you.
You were going to be fair about things no matter what.
This is why when people talk about journalists being banned from places, it tends to scare me a little bit. I have no issue with commentators being banned, but reporters need to be left the heck alone.
A videographer who was stabbed in Portland, Oregon, last week said he was attacked because of his politics.
“I was stabbed for being a conservative journalist,” said Andrew Duncomb, 25, who issues his videos under the name “Black Rebel,” according to The Oregonian.
Duncomb, who is black and a backer of President Donald Trump, said he came from his Northern California home to film the Portland protests that take place nightly near the federal courthouse.
My main goal was to show that it wasn’t just the feds creating the problems,” Duncomb said.
Duncomb said he was followed while he and some friends were walking in the area of Portland where protesters roamed at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Duncomb said he gave his camera to a friend and wanted to confront one of the people following him.
A video of the incident picks up from there.
WARNING: The following video contains graphic violence that some viewers will find offensive.
“Someone’s stalking us,” the friend can be heard saying in the video.
Duncomb is seen approaching a man wearing a respirator, goggles and brown overalls.
“Hey buddy, why are you following us?” Duncomb says as he lays an arm across the man’s shoulders after approaching him from behind.
The man’s hand lashes out. Duncomb said he was stabbed in the back, between his hip and rib cage, just inches from his spinal cord.
“Ow! Ow!” Duncomb said as he staggered backward.
“Did you just stab him? Whoa, he just stabbed him, dude!” a voice shouts.
“That dude just stabbed him, bro! You just stabbed him, dude! The guy right there! Get him, Get him!”
Police arrested Blake David Hampe, 43, in connection with the crime.