Earlier this week, Western Journalism reported on a Fox News interview with a black conservative minister who warned that, if Al Sharpton went to Baltimore to organize a civil rights rally, the situation in the troubled city would only get worse. On Thursday, the prediction made by Bishop E.W. Jackson looked remarkably prescient when Sharpton, an MSNBC show host, encountered a reporter from a rival cable news network.
Fox News reporter Leland Vittert, who has been on the streets of Baltimore covering the sometimes violent unrest this week, was trying to get to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to ask her questions about her reported “stand down” order to police. That’s when Sharpton stepped in, running interference for the mayor, and physically blocked Vittert.
The Fox News reporter said he wanted to ask Rawlings-Blake, “What do you have to say to the number of officers injured, and what do you have to say to businesses that were looted during a reported ‘stand down’ order?”
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The mayor remained silent and kept walking while Sharpton and another man, apparently one of the mayor’s bodyguards, pushed Vittert aside. Sharpton said they’d answer questions at a press conference. Vittert said that promised Q-and-A opportunity never happened.
However, by clicking on the video above, you can see exactly what happened in the hallway of that Baltimore church when Al met Leland.