Capital Gazette Staffers Speak Out: ‘We Won’t Forget Being Called an Enemy of the People’
On Sunday, staffers at the Capital Gazette published an op-ed remembering those lost when a gunman entered their newsroom.
They also thanked those who reached out with kindness after that horrific day.
“We will never forget Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara or Rebecca Smith, our five co-workers who were gunned down in a senseless attack,” the staff began in the letter titled, “Our Say: Thank you. We will not forget.”
They added: “The words of appreciation for our work and its importance to Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is a balm to our wounds. More than 800 people subscribed to our digital edition Friday as a show of support after the terror on Thursday afternoon.”
However, they also pointed out that not everyone was so kind.
“Here’s what else we won’t forget: Death threats and emails from people we don’t know celebrating our loss, or the people who called for one of our reporters to get fired because she got angry and cursed on national television after witnessing her friends getting shot,” they wrote.
Then, in what appears to be a direct jab at President Donald Trump, the staffers stressed, “We won’t forget being called an enemy of the people. No, we won’t forget that. Because exposing evil, shining light on wrongs and fighting injustice is what we do.”
In an appearance on CNN on the same day as the op-ed was published, Capital Gazette photojournalist Joshua McKerrow likewise joined fellow staffers to speak out and make it clear that despite all that they have been through and the lives lost, they were still dedicated to making news happen in their local community.
“I think it’s going to make us stronger. Journalists, especially newspaper journalists––and especially community newspaper journalists––they’re a special bunch,” he said. “I mean, this isn’t going to stop us. When I think about my friends that we lost, there’s nothing I want to do more than get back to work and put out another newspaper and get back to covering my town, my neighbors.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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