While the war of words against members of the media is bad enough, there is no excuse for threatening reporters with violence for doing their jobs.
That happened to a Post-Star reporter covering a fire on Thursday.
Fires are news.
Residents near them often call us to tell us they are happening and want to know what happened and if everyone is OK. It is important to report that information.
While taking photos at a fire in Moreau on Wednesday, one of the bystanders who reported the fire took offense to our reporter taking photos. Our reporter explained he was on public property, not in the way of the firefighters and doing his job. He also tried to explain that our reporting often leads to residents being helped.
A Saratoga County Sheriff’s Officer at the scene asked if there was a problem and a man responded, “The only problem I have is that I am going to drop him,” referring to our reporter.
Despite that threat, the officer asked our reporter to move farther from the scene of the fire and the individuals continued to harass him.
We understand that emotions run high at fire and crime scenes, but the reporting we do there often leads to fire victims getting help.
It’s not unusual for family, friends and neighbors to learn of someone’s misfortunes through our reporting.
It is also not unusual for them to reach out to us to publicize a fundraiser for a family that lost everything.
But at least one person thought the best way to handle the situation was to punch one of our reporters.
None of us should find that acceptable.