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article imageFox News reporter attacked by Michigan union protesters at rally

By Andrew Moran     Dec 12, 2012 in Politics
Detroit - In an attempt to interview union members during a rally in Lansing, Fox News reporter Steven Crowder was punched several times and then later grabbed from behind as he tried to head back to the media tent.
More than 12,000 unionized workers gathered outside the Michigan capitol Tuesday in a bid to fight against a ban on mandatory union membership, which is believed to be a striking blow to the labor movement in the state.
Once the piece of legislation reached the desk of Republican Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, he signed the bills into law. This will now make Michigan the 24th state to prohibit unions requiring employees to join their union and pay fees and dues.
When Crowder started to interview some of the protesters and ask why they oppose right-to-work laws so much, he received a hostile reaction from many.
“It’s the freedom to freeload,” said one protester in the video. “They can suck all of the parasitical benefits in their heart and the wages that unions negotiated and they get it for free.”
Another protester began to yell at Crowder when he tried to interview him. Holding a sign, the man told the Fox News journalist to “get the f--- out of my face! You’re addressing me, I ain’t hurt nobody! Get the f--- out of my face! Back the f--- up!”
The video then cut to a tense scene between apparently a cameraman, Crowder himself and a protester outside of the media tent. A union worker proceeded to punch Crowder a few times until someone intervened.
“I’ll kill the motherf----- with a gun,” yelled one member of the crowd.
As Crowder was heading into the tent after the fight, a man in a brown jacket pulled Crowder from behind until someone intervened and protected the reporter.
At the end of the 1:20 clip, the tent appears deflated and Crowder stood on top of it shrugging.
The YouTube video has generated 528,494 videos (at the time of this writing) and has received 2,371 likes and 428 dislikes.
In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Crowder explained that his intentions were never to incite attacks against himself, but just to cover the story and prove that liberals are “union thugs.”
“I want to make something very clear here, Sean. I never went out here to try and be assaulted, as leftists might say,” said Crowder. “I went out here to prove the left for who they truly are. Certainly, these union thugs. And I’ve achieved that.
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