CNN photojournalist Joshua Replogle shared a first-person account of his expertise on Jan. 6, which shortly devolved from a typical workday on the U.S. Capitol to a terrifying riot that left 5 individuals useless.
In his article, titled “Is this how I die?” Replogle, who has additionally labored as a neighborhood tv reporter and for The Associated Press, described huddling in a Capitol toilet with colleagues as rioters tore by way of the halls exterior, shouting and throwing themselves in opposition to the doorways.
“I feel like I am finally in the shoes of any number of shooting survivors I’ve interviewed over the years. Their faces, their experiences blur in my mind. This type of fear is something I never understood as a journalist; to fully grasp it, it must be experienced,” he wrote.
Replogle mirrored on mass casualty occasions he’d coated previously ― notably the taking pictures at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the place 17 individuals have been murdered.
“I got to know parents and friends of the teens whose young lives were cut short,” he stated of masking the aftermath of the Feb. 14, 2018, taking pictures. “Now, I’m in their place. Those kids hiding in a bathroom, praying that the footsteps would move away.”
His account resembles those of many different members of the media who have been focused by supporters of then-President Donald Trump on Jan. 6. Trump had insulted, attacked and lied in regards to the media all through his time within the highlight. The mob, fed by the president’s narrative, sought to overthrow the outcomes of the 2020 election, which they falsely believed had been stolen from Trump.
Other journalists reporting from the Capitol and the streets of Washington have been threatened. Some had their gear smashed. “Murder the media” was written on a door of the Capitol.
Read Replogle’s full article here.
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