TV journalists share stories from Capitol Hill reporting during insurgency

Hundreds of Trump supporters attending the “Stop the Steal” protest rally in Washington after President Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election on Wednesday stormed the United States Capitol, move through barricades, security and even break into offices.

Adweek’s blog TVNewser caught up with some of the correspondents who were in attendance on Capitol Hill to talk about their experiences and how they expect Capitol Hill to change in the wake of Wednesday’s events. Martha Raddatz, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, Kasie Hunt, NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent, Garrett Haake, MSNBC Correspondent, Cristina Londoño, Telemundo Washington Senior Correspondent, Chad Pergram, Fox Congressional Correspondent News, Lisa Desjardins, correspondent for PBS NewsHour Capitol Hill and Jeff, justice correspondent for CBS News Pegues shared their observations and perspectives from the field during what has been a historic and chaotic day for America. .

What moment of your Wednesday experience struck you the most and why?

Gardens: As I walked towards the front door of the Capitol, I saw a horde of people crashing into the door with no police presence in sight. This moment will be hard to forget.

Haake: The most haunting thing I saw on Wednesday were rioters marching through Statuary Hall. I was across the street in the Russell building staring up at my screen and seeing these angry people in that space, right off the floor where we’re so used to seeing lawmakers at big nights like the State of the Union were incredibly shocking and confusing. .

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Hunt: I was live on our special report when I saw images on the screen of people who weren’t supposed to be in the Capitol walking towards the bedroom door of the house, then Haley Talbot, our producer at inside, started texting us. said to put on gas masks. The space we were broadcasting from in the Russell building was never broken or evacuated, so I was never in personal danger – so I was worried about Haley’s safety and I was as incredulous as not. only the Capitol, but the actual floor of the House had been violated. It is unfathomable; I have been to the Capitol dozens of times at demonstrations, some loud, and the safest place has always been inside. That sudden sense of vulnerability inside those walls was frightening.

Londoño: Amid the chaos, as lawmakers hid on the floor or rushed out of their room in fear, I met Carmen, who works in a cafeteria inside the Capitol. Emotional and holding back tears, Carmen told me her family called her crazy before she realized what was going on inside the building. The first thing they said to him was, “We wanted to make sure you didn’t get shot.” His comment surprised me. When you have a microphone in your hand, impatient and ready to do whatever you need to do to get the story, sometimes you just don’t stop and think about the danger. Carmen helped me put the human element of yesterday’s events into perspective.

Pasta: Just standing on the lawn of the Capitol, watching people climb the walls, my first thought was: How did we get to this point in this country? Thousands of people thought storming the benchmark of democracy was a good idea.

Pergram; I think what I remember most is seeing the image of the policeman shooting at the woman at the edge of the speaker’s lobby, which is a main place where journalists, assistants and other members of the staff simply work. Right after this door there is a transom above the main entrance to the Speakers’ Hall on the Democratic side and on the Republican side as well. And as soon as this woman started climbing up those glass doors and trying to get in over the painting, that’s when he shot his gun because there’s a door leading to it. directly to the bedroom. They were almost in the room with members who had just immediately suspended the joint session of Congress.

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