Eli Stokols is a well-known politics reporter for the local Fox affiliate, KDVR-TV, in Denver. But he didn’t get much respect from local Occupy protesters while trying to do a live report last week, and he finally reached his frustration limit over it. In a new video making the rounds, Stokols can be seen letting the Occupiers have it.
“I’m in the middle of a live shot, so this is not the time to debate with you guys,” Stokols says. “If you want to act like grownups, then we can have a conversation. When I’m live on fucking television — and you can film this [he says to the man with the camera] — you don’t come up and fuck us up.”
What caused the outburst? Well, Stokols just had to cut his live shot short because the protesters ruined it with signs saying “F**K The POLICE” and “POLICE ARE THE ARMY of THE RICH.”
Even the cameraman got involved, telling the Occupiers that the only thing they proved is that they can use dirty language on TV to make their point. But that didn’t seem to have much of an effect — the protesters continued a back-and-forth with Stokols, at one point saying “you make up lies.”
“You want to be taken seriously?” Stokols asks the protesters near the end of the video, “You want the media to respect your point of view? Then you respect us.”
You can watch unfold below [Content Warning]:
Stokols wasn’t done there. He also took to Twitter to make his opinion of the Occupiers known:
He also gave an interview about the incident later in which he said, “I was foolish to think that I could have a rational conversation with those protesters.”