Stunning footage shows reporter mugged at knifepoint during live CNN segment

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A CNN reporter was robbed on live television Saturday by a homeless vagrant and forced to hand over two cell phones.

The reporter, Bruna Macedo, works for CNN Brazil, and the incident happened in the Brazilian town of São Paolo, meaning none of America’s “beloved” CNN personalities — Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Brian Stelter, etc. — were affected …

Watch the stunning robbery below:

“Bruna Macedo and her news crew were broadcasting from Sao Paulo’s Bandeiras Bridge, reporting on the rising water level — as a result of heavy rain — of the Teté River behind them,” News.com.au reported Thursday.

“The suspect can be seen in the background, looking over a bridge barrier, during the segment, while Macedo spoke with anchor Rafael Colombo. Roughly two minutes pass before the man appears beside Macedo, who continued to carry out her broadcast.”

She reportedly first greeted the man, but after he then pulled out a knife, she stepped back and handed over a mobile phone. The rest is unclear because the camera panned away from the scene for obvious reasons.

“It was impossible to understand at the time what was happening, if it was a homeless person passing by. But after what happened, we cut the image,” Colombo said afterward in a statement to Brazilian newspaper Fohla de Sao Paulo.

He also explained how it was that Macedo had wound up handing over two phones: “He threatened and she handed over a cell phone, but he knew she had two, because she has a private and a corporate one.”

Despite all this, he confirmed that she was uninjured, saying, “She had a terrible scare, but she is fine.”

Colombo later spoke on air about what had happened, though it’s unclear what he said. But in case you can speak Portuguese, listen to him below:

https://youtu.be/jZDfU86q8iw

The incident drew some mockery from critics here in the states. In America, CNN “reporters” and talking heads have developed a disturbing habit of excusing rotten behavior such as the rioting and looting perpetrated by so-called “peaceful protesters.”

And though CNN Brazil is technically separate from CNN — and it’s unclear if the “journalists” in Brazil share the same leftist zeal as their colleagues here — tweets like the ones seen below blew up across all of Twitter:

Har, har, har …

Jokes aside, while crime against reporters is fairly rare in the United States — save for when reporters eagerly show up to cover “peaceful” left-wing protests — crime against reporters appears to be more common in Brazil.

Just three months ago, an unidentified attacker reportedly fired a weapon at the home of radio journalist Vamberto Teixeira.

“On the night of April 9, shortly after 9 p.m., an unidentified attacker fired at Teixeira’s home in the city of Sete Lagoas in Minas Gerais state in southeastern Brazil,” the Committee to Protect Journalists reported at the time.

“Teixeira told CPJ via phone that, after the shooting, he went outside to see what had happened and found five bullet holes in the gate.”

“I was at home with my wife, my four-year-old son, and my mother,” Teixeira reportedly said. “It was really scary. And we were lucky to be in the kitchen when it happened. We heard the shots. There were five shots and the bullets passed through the front gate and reached the internal garage yard.”

CNN’s “journalists” here in the states can barely handle someone having a dissenting opinion, let alone someone shooting at their homes.

Meanwhile in Brazil, “cases of aggression against journalists in Brazil grew 36.7 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to a recent report from the National Federation of Journalists (Fenaj),” as reported last year by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

“The main aggressors identified by Fenaj were voters/protesters, responsible for 22.2 percent of the cases of aggression – Brazil was home to a polarized presidential campaign last year. Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro targeted journalists the most, according to Fenaj: they were responsible for 23 of 30 incidents involving voters/protesters.”

So-called “protesters” have also been the cause of most attacks on journalists here in the states:

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Vivek Saxena

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