Journalist Says FCC Security 'Manhandled' Him After Asking Questions

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The Washington Post adds it's "standard practice" to approach officials after a news conference. He referenced "Fred", but it was not clear whether that was the Frederick Bucher identified in the NPC story as one of the security guards who restrained Donnelly.

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The statement continued, "When Donnelly strolled in an unthreatening way toward FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly to pose a question, two guards pinned Donnelly against the wall with the backs of their bodies until O'Rielly had passed". The guard then made him leave the building "under implied threat of force, " it read.

An FCC spokesman said that the agency apologized to Donnelly a few times. "There is no justification for using force in such a situation".

"I saw security put themselves between you, me and my staff".

Tristani said FCC commissioners have received threats before but that the treatment of Donnelly on Thursday was "horrendous".

The commissioner reportedly apologized after the National Press Club and others expressed concern. It's known for carefully-researched, authoritative and unbiased reporting. He has previously headed the National Press Club's Board of Governors and served on the Standing Committee of Correspondents for the U.S. Congress. He said that they also let him know that the FCC was on heightened alert "based on several threats". Trump wrote on Twitter that the news media is the "is the enemy of the American People", a claim he repeated during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. President Trump has disparaged the press over its coverage of him since his campaign.

The reporter, Dan Heyman from Public News Service, was charged with willful disruption of governmental processes, a misdemeanor. Price said police "did what they felt was appropriate". It also did not address Donnelly's claims that the guards shadowed him despite his display of press credentials, a notepad and a recording device. "They even waited for him outside the men's room at one point", the statement from the NPC said. Tom Udall and Maggie Hassan to the FCC about the incident with Donnelly. "But then it became apparent that they were singling me out as if I were someone who was some sort of trouble".

Another journalist has been manhandled by security while trying to ask a public official questions. A Bloomberg News reporter told Donnelly on Thursday that he had his press pass stripped after interviewing a protester outside the FCC.

The FCC has not yet issued a public statement on the incident, and gave identical responses to multiple media outlets. "I positioned myself in a place where I could ask a question ... and if somebody in an official capacity in Washington doesn't want to answer a question from a reporter, all they do is smile and say, 'Have a nice day, ' and walk on". This is the latest journalist to be threatened, assaulted, or arrested while attempting to ask questions of federal government officials.

Carl Hulse tweeted: Outrageous and offensive.

"Outrageous and offensive. John is an accomplished veteran reporter and knows how to do his job in DC". This and WV arrest are ominous.

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