Garrett Haake knew he had to turn around when he saw the burning car. The MSNBC reporter was live during protests in Washington D.C. and thought maybe if his crew cut diagonally on the intersection of 16th Street between protesters and police quickly they could be safe. “Clearly, things had gone off the rails,” Haake said.
A few seconds later, Haake cursed on TV. First he was grazed by a rubber bullet. Then another hit him in the lower back, leaving a “whole rainbow shade” of bruising. It hurt, Haake admitted, but didn’t incapacitate him. So he kept moving forward.
Most reporters on the frontlines of protests have similar stories. You’ve seen the videos of them