A reporter on MSNBC was called out by a bystander, as he attempted to shame people for not wearing masks to protect against COVID-19.
The reporter, Cal Perry, was in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, delivering a Memorial Day report. Most businesses in the state have re-opened as lockdown orders have been lifted. As he was using passers-by as examples of people not wearing masks, one man called him out for hypocrisy. “Half your crew’s not wearing masks!” the man shouted.
Perry appeared to be caught off guard.
MSNBC: “Look, you can see here, nobody’s wearing [masks].”
PASSERBY: “Including the cameraman! Half your crew’s not wearing them.”
Oops, you weren’t supposed to hear that.pic.twitter.com/8htRXbJxn6
— Cliff Maloney (@LibertyCliff) May 26, 2020
The man was filming the incident on his own phone and shared it on social media–he showed how the crew was standing close together without face coverings. Video also showed Perry touching the arm of a cameraman, trying to get him to turn around to show a breach of social distancing rules.
You asked for it! Gotta love Cal Perry reach out and touch the cameraman who is not wearing a mask and is not social distancing…and who also touched his face. Breaking ALL the rules! pic.twitter.com/5UGQHTmNOX
— Deana921 (@Deana921) May 26, 2020
Perry had been saying that the area didn’t seem to be concerned about the virus, implying that they were being irresponsible.
He said, “I met some people who live in the area, they were staying a few miles outside of town and they said they were worried. They’re worried about the second spike, they’re worried about people coming in from Chicago but they’ll quickly add that this is a place that relies on that business. I think people here want a little bit more funding when it comes to these programs so that they can stay close. I think people think that the Supreme Court made the decision here in Wisconsin that it was time to open up. There’s not a lot of care when it comes to the coronavirus.”
This piece originally appeared in Objectivist.co and is used by permission.
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