Bullet damage suspected in Ky. newspaper vandalism – The Hill (blog)

Lexington police are investigating vandalism at the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper office, where several windows were broken or shattered Sunday.

There were suspected signs of small-caliber bullet damage, according to an article in the Herald-Leader.

The vandalization occurred at a time in which the press has become a frequent verbal target in Washington.

Publisher Rufus M. Friday said the Herald-Leader is taking immediate steps to increase security.

“The safety and security of our employees is paramount,” he said.

He said the incident is “concerning,” in light of the rhetoric directed at journalists recently.

“We’re going to be vigilant and continue to do what we do,” Friday said. “We’re not going to be deterred by this senseless act of vandalism.”

Just Monday, President Trump posted a tweet disparaging the “Fake News Media,” a day after declaring “#FakeNews is the enemy.” 

Both in his presidential and since his inauguration, Trump frequently called the media dishonest, singled out reporters, and disparaged news organizations, an issue Publisher Rufus M. Friday pointed to following the incident. “It’s concerning,” he said.

 According to the Herald-Leader, Lexington Police were investigating the incident as “criminal mischief.” 

 

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