Embedded Reporter Recounts ‘Eye Opening Experience’ After 3 Weeks With U.S. Marshals In Portland’s Federal Court House

Written by Wes Walker on July 28, 2020

It’s one thing for TV talking heads to pontificate about ‘peaceful protests’ while Skype-calling in from their home office. Quite another when you’re in the thick of it.

For those too young to remember, this is a story about something we once called ‘journalism’.

In that long-forgotten practice, it used to be that someone would go into a situation to learn about events of some significance and recount to the world what only an eyewitness could know about whatever is unfolding in someplace the audience cannot be themselves, be that across the state or halfway around the world.

It seems there are a few people who still do such things.

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Here is what Mike Balsamo, of the Associated Press, discovered when he was embedded for 3 weeks with the US Marshals who were defending the Portland federal courthouse.

It was no walk in the park… and bore no resemblance to whatever it is that Pelosi and her pawns hold to for their official talking points.

First, here is a tweet thread covering his experiences and observations.

Keep the overblown histrionics and outrageous accusations of Democrats (with or without press passes) in mind as you read further.

“We wanted to show you a look inside the protests from both perspectives — out in the crowd with protesters and inside the courthouse with federal officers,” Balsamo wrote on Twitter Monday. “It was a really eye opening experience to see it firsthand. I was inside the courthouse & @gflaccus was outside the fence.”

Protests often began peacefully, but frequently devolved into violence when demonstrators made a nightly march to the federal courthouse, according to Balsamo. Officers defending the area continued to fear for their lives.

“It’s scary. You open those doors out, when the crowd is shaking the fence, and … on the other side of that fence are people that want to kill you because of the job we chose to do and what we represent,” a Deputy U.S. Marshal, who requested anonymity because protesters reportedly posted his personal information online, told AP.

“I can’t walk outside without being in fear for my life,” he continued. “I am worried for my life, every time I walk outside of the building.”

One U.S. Marshal referred to the scene as akin to “downtown Baghdad” according to Balsamo. – DailyCaller

This courthouse is more than a building. More than wood, glass, steel, concrete and other building materials. It is a symbol of something greater.

It is a symbol of national traditions and institutions, and both sides know it. One side holds the explicit intent wants to tear that symbol (and the system it represents) on tearing they system down. The other side wants to preserve it.

Ultimately, this sharply-delineated dichotomy will be one of the major questions facing the electorate come November.

If we’re going to listen to the talking heads doing their Monday-morning quarterback assessments of events in places like Portland, it makes sense to listen to actual JOURNALISTS who fill in the gaps their talking points explicitly leave out.