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Fla Democrat keeps calling the cops on reporters guilty of ‘committing acts of journalism’

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A Florida Democratic state senator called in the police to handle a reporter who made “threats” against her at a debate.

Miami Herald reporter Sarah Blaskey declared that the only thing she was guilty of committing was “an act of journalism” after she questioned Florida state Sen. Daphne Campbell following a public candidates forum at a Duffy’s in North Miami Beach.

According to the Miami Herald:

Campbell, a Democrat who is running for reelection this month in Senate District 38, called police at 1:24 p.m. after participating in a debate with her Democratic opponent, Jason Pizzo. A responding North Miami Beach officer who declined to give his name explained that police had been called by Campbell about threats made by a woman in a floral dress — a clear reference to the attire of Herald reporter Sarah Blaskey.

Police left without arresting anyone. But their appearance flustered attendees and the Social Citizens of Southeast Florida, which hosted the event in order to allow members to query the candidates on the issues.


“I did not see anything go wrong. I was there,” the group’s president, Dennis Stubbolo, told the Miami Herald. “I don’t know where that came from.”

But the move wasn’t so unusual for the Democrat, apparently.

Campbell had called police on Rise News publisher Rich Robinson in May outside a Miami Shores Village Council meeting, according to the publication which posted the police report on its website.

The Miami Herald reported:

A police report posted to the publication’s website states that Campbell explained to an officer that she recognized Robinson as the RISE reporter who documented text messages she sent to a Florida Power & Light lobbyist after Hurricane Irma in order to get the power turned on at her home for her “sick mom.” (Campbell’s real mother died in 1996.)


Robinson filmed Campbell walking to her car after the public meeting in order to get video footage on file. Campbell took issue with the reporter doing his job and called police who declined to arrest Robinson.

It seems the Democratic candidate has a bit of a history with members of the press

“State Senator Daphne Campbell called the police on me for committing an act of journalism,” Robinson said.

The Miami Herald expects its reporters to ask public officials questions, Managing Editor Rick Hirsch said.

“Asking a public official questions in a public place is perfectly appropriate,” he said.

Blaskey later tweeted that she would not be backing down from doing her job.

“Today, tomorrow, and everyday, I plan to do it again,”  Blaskey wrote. “Consider it premeditated.”

Frieda Powers


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