Fox News host Shannon Bream responded on Twitter Wednesday to ABC News chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran after he disputed her claim of feeling so unsafe at Monday’s nights protests outside the United States Supreme Court that she and her news crew were forced to scrap a live report and leave.
About a half-hour after President Trump announced he was nominating Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to fill Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on Monday night, Ms. Bream said that she and her news crew were forced to retreat to the safety of their studio due to escalating tensions on the Supreme Court steps in Washington.
“Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field,” she tweeted. “The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS.”
“Literally had to bail on our live show from #SCOTUS,” she added. “Moving the show back to the safety of the studio. See y’all at 11p.”
Mr. Moran said he was on the same steps until 11 p.m. that night and felt perfectly safe.
I was broadcasting from the SCOTUS plaza until 11:00PM that night. The protests were raucous; chants, posters and bullhorns on both sides. But I found it very democratic, all-American. I saw pro-choice and pro-life demonstrators arguing—passionately but civilly. I felt no threat. https://t.co/7gwTDgUhEG— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) July 10, 2018
Social media users accused the ABC News reporter of “mansplaining” to Ms. Bream, and her Fox News colleagues quickly jumped to her defense.
Hi @TerryMoran congratulations on feeling safe the other night. Just because it didn’t happen to you doesn’t mean it didn’t happen to someone else. @ShannonBream is one of the most honest people I know. You should support other journalists not question them. https://t.co/awl8H9zVEL— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) July 11, 2018
Mr. Moran explained that he was simply reporting his account of what transpired, and wanted to protect those who were peacefully protesting from being “civilly slandered.”
It’s my reporting. The demonstrators I saw and heard for hours, the strong, respectful law enforcement presence, the many other TV crews and bystanders—I didn’t see the mob scene she portrays. And I didn’t want all those exercising their rights passionately but civilly slandered.— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) July 11, 2018
It’s just reporting the facts as I saw them. And making sure that the many law enforcement officers on the scene doing their duty professionally and respectfully, and the people exercising their rights passionately but civilly, aren’t slandered. It wasn’t a mob scene.— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) July 11, 2018
Ms. Bream responded to Mr. Moran’s tweet Wednesday morning, writing that leaving the scene was a “last-minute call” that was made out of an abundance of caution.
I’m genuinely glad you felt safe. It was a rowdy night out there. I’ve done many a liveshot in the midst #SCOTUS protests, but our team was put in a situation that made us uneasy. We had to make a last minute call about moving the show, and did so out of an abundance of caution. https://t.co/ljkTfY7guZ— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) July 11, 2018
Ms. Bream told TheWrap on Tuesday that a number of the protesters had specifically targeted her because of her affiliation with Fox News.
“There were people who were screaming at us and were clearly not Fox fans,” she said. “A small group of people who were yelling and getting in our faces, were saying things that were anti-Fox.”
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