(NewsReady.com) – There are a lot of dangerous jobs in America. Firefighters run into burning buildings. Police officers catch criminals. Road construction workers do their jobs on the sides of busy streets. The one job that comes to mind is not “journalist” and yet, one reporter tried to make it seem as though she was putting her life on the line every day.
On May 4, NPR correspondent Sarah McCammon posted an odd comment on Twitter about receiving a bulletproof vest for work. She said she was happy the small-sized vest was too big for her, then sarcastically remarked that she needs it “to do journalism in America” as if she’s under attack on our streets. Shortly after posting it, McCammon deleted the comment.
@sarahmccammon why did you delete this? I had asked a really good question in the comments under it. I asked if you would start report on the gang violence in place like Chicago now that you had a bulletproof vest? I wasn't joking or making fun of you. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/4ypONHNU4T
— Foxy's Crime Scenes (@thewaryfox) May 5, 2021
Special Forces veteran Jim Hanson mocked McCammon for the post. He posted the stats for journalists killed in the USA over the last 29 years, making a comment about her “inflated sense of danger.”
11 Journalists Killed in USA
between 1992 and 2021https://t.co/Am33r9qUHj
My bulletproof vest that I need to maintain an inflated sense of danger & my own importance https://t.co/bkxPEjUdps
— Jim Hanson 🇺🇸 (@JimHansonDC) May 4, 2021
If McCammon feels safer wearing a bulletproof vest, that’s her own decision. However, to act though she needs to wear it as part of her uniform is absurd.
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