Governor makes joke about shooting reporters

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Reporters are starting to feel like they’re “under fire” as they notice that government officials don’t seem to like them very much, so when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made a joke on Friday about “shooting reporters,” the media professionals took to the airwaves to voice their displeasure and apparent fear.

Abbott reportedly “showed off a target sheet to a group of reporters and photographers after signing a bill reducing licensing fees for handguns,” according to the Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek.

“I’m gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters,” Abbott quipped.

A multitude of news outlets reported that Abbott’s joke was made too soon after the widely-publicized incident involving Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte (R) and reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian. Most reporters reacted with outrage at the fact that his comments took place, “less than 48 hours after Montana Republican Greg Gianforte assaulted a reporter,” as The Hill put it.

Reports that some House Republicans have make jokes about the Gianforte incident have apparently increased reporters’ anxiety that they may be in danger as they do their constitutionally-protected jobs. And many of them are blaming President Trump for “demonizing” the mainstream media during his campaign, calling  those reporters who seek to destroy his reputation “the enemy of the American people.”

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