The Guardian reporter, Ben Jacobs, who had his glasses crushed after allegedly being body slammed Wednesday by Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate in Montana’s congressional special election, has a GoFundMe page created in his honor to help him pay for new glasses.
With total donations reaching nearly $7,000–far surpassing the original goal of $1,500–it looks like Jacobs will be able to afford a lot more than a pair of replacement glasses.
As of Saturday afternoon, the GoFundMe page featured an update by its creator, listed under the alias “DC,” stating that Jacobs will “take care of getting his glasses replaced on his own” and has requested that all funds be donated to the Committee to Protect Journalists, citing that “protecting journalism is far more important than the state of my spectacles right now.”
***UPDATE*** Ben indicated to me that, while he appreciated the gesture, he’ll take care of getting his glasses replaced on his own and that he would like ALL donations to go to the Committee to Protect Journalists ( https://www.cpj.org/). New goal of $10,000. He told me that “protecting journalism is far more important than the state of my spectacles right now.”
I told them to give all the money to CPJ https://t.co/kxOOEjg9JS
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 26, 2017
The goal has also been increased to $10,000. As of Saturday afternoon, the page was shy of $2,000 toward reaching its goal.
Some of the remarks posted to the GoFundMe page are encouraging Jacobs to take legal action against Gianforte and praising the reporter for defending journalism and Democracy, while others left choice words for him and the alleged scuffle.
Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017
— Cheryl (@CGHallenbeck) May 27, 2017
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