Reporter goes to La Raza/MeCHA Junior High. Reporter gets assaulted, has tape stolen.
The reporter, Sandy Wells, was not hurt, according to station spokesman Steve Sheldon.
Wells was leaving the campus of Academia Semillas Del Pueblo, 4736 Huntington Drive, after interviewing the principal when a car came around the corner, jumped the curb and the driver tried to run him down, Sheldon said.
Wells managed to dodge the car, but the driver, a man who appeared to be in his mid-20s, got out and tackled him, taking away his tape recorder, he said.
Police are looking into it, and the LA school system says it will comment sometime today.
The real question is, when will Linda Foley weigh in on this deliberate targeting of a journalist?
Update (Allahpundit): World Net Daily has more details.
Wells, equipped with a KABC mic and recorder, said that when he inquired at the school’s office about interviewing Aguilar, he was told the principal was not in and did not want to talk.
The reporter asked the four or five black-garbed guards stationed outside for permission to interview parents as they arrived at the school with their children but was denied.
Then, according to Wells, the lady at the front desk came running out, angry, and a Dodge Magnum abruptly pulled up on the sidewalk just short of the reporter.
A large Hispanic man with a shaved head, about 25, leaped out of the vehicle and chased Wells down the street, tackled him and demanded the tape.
Wells, uninjured, said he turned over the tape, which had only ambient sound.
The guards offered no help, the reporter noted.
As Wells drove away, he noticed he was being tailed by a black SUV. The reporter called into McIntyre’s show and was put on the air, hoping the exposure would prompt his pursuer to back off. The SUV eventually pulled away.
Update: KABC radio host Doug McIntyre points to this interview with Marcos Aguilar, principal of Academia Semillas:
TCLA: Finally, what do you see as the legacy of the Brown decision?
MA: If Brown was just about letting Black people into a White school, well we don’t care about that anymore. We don’t necessarily want to go to White schools. What we want to do is teach ourselves, teach our children the way we have of teaching. We don’t want to drink from a White water fountain, we have our own wells and our natural reservoirs and our way of collecting rain in our aqueducts. We don’t need a White water fountain. So the whole issue of segregation and the whole issue of the Civil Rights Movement is all within the box of White culture and White supremacy. We should not still be fighting for what they have. We are not interested in what they have because we have so much more and because the world is so much larger. And ultimately the White way, the American way, the neo liberal, capitalist way of life will eventually lead to our own destruction.
Update: According to an article at UCLA Profs, Aguilar was an identity-politics crank as far back as his undergrad days, when he participated in a hunger strike to pressure UCLA into creating a Chicano Studies department and went by his “Aztec name” of “Huitzilixtlitiu.”
Update (Allahpundit): Kim Priestap of Wizbang notes the school’s webpage has been removed.
Update (Allahpundit): The webpage is back and adorned with a shiny new press release. Not a word about the alleged attack on the reporter from KABC, but they do note proudly that they’re teaching their students Nahuatl. Which is good; it’ll really help them assimilate.
Note the literally meaningless slogan with which the press release ends.
Update (Allahpundit): Our affiliate, Expose the Left, has video of KABC reporter Sandy Wells’s appearance tonight on the O’Reilly Factor.