"Two individuals...[push] the cameras back & physically manhandle two Fox News photographers." — @jonathanserrie on… https://t.co/zN0JxOWASZ— Fox News (@Fox News)1511843432.0
A couple of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s campaign staffers “manhandled” Fox News camera crew members at a rally in Henagar, Alabama, on Monday night.
Two Fox News photographers were trying to get a shot of Moore as he entered the rally. Moore was using a side entrance instead of the front entrance, as organizers had initially told the media.
As the photographers tried to get to the side entrance, two Moore campaign staffers are shown physically pushing the camera crew back and grabbing their cameras until a Fox News producer intervened.
Fox News’ Jonathan Serrie reported the incident, which was captured on video, to Fox News @ Night.
“It’s not unusual for people to get bumped around a bit in the media scrum,” Serrie said. “This was not a scrum though. It is highly unusual for members of a political campaign to physically engage in this manner with members of the press.”
Bill Armistead, Moore’s campaign chairman, said the campaign doesn’t condone the behavior, but he still placed blame on the media’s “inappropriate” behavior and “trying to stampede us…shouting things that are inappropriate.”
Since allegations of sexual misconduct came out against Moore, the media presence at his events has been heavier and more aggressive, although Armistead has shut down questions about the accusations.
“We’re not going to be open to taking questions until they’re (the media) ready to talk about issues,” Armistead said. “And that’s what we want to talk about.”
The camera crew was on public property at the time, and Fox News had RSVP'd for the event in advance.