TV news crews and newspaper reporters used to go just about anywhere at any time, secure in the knowledge that They Were The Media and no one, nohow would mess with them.
It's a different world. The kid that grew up getting news (if any) off the Web and busting gumball machines for spare change, he's grown up. The Media doesn't mean a darned thing to him.
...And a couple of 'em robbed a KGO (TV) news crew the other day, beating the reporter and photographer and getting away with an expensive (and traceable) Panasonic P2 news camera. (How expensive? Think new car prices, a nice new car, especially with a good lens. And you don't even want to know what they get for the proprietary little P2 removable-recording-medium cards.)
Last week in Memphis, TN, another news crew was held up and the cameraman ended up in the hospital. Newsies? You're a pinata now!
In the olden days, "I'm with The News" was a golden key, a magic pass. These days? It's like flashing a roll of high-denomination bills in the wrong bar.
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