Codey urges prosecution in attack on reporter

An appeal by radio personalities to disrupt newscast may have been behind an incident this morning causing a possible injury to WABC-TV reporter Anthony Johnson. While doing a standup in Monmouth County today, a man blew an air horn into Johnson’s ear. “Encouraging fans to intervene in live news shots is inappropriate and dangerous,” said Acting Governor Richard Codey. “Today a fan sounded an air horn in a reporter’s ear and this action may result in permanent hearing damage for the reporter who was harassed. Reporters are professionals who provide a great service to the public by delivering news. They should be treated with respect and not antagonized as part of a radio show gag. I won’t tolerate anything less in our state. The person who committed this act should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I wish Mr. Johnson a speedy and healthy recovery.”

Codey urges prosecution in attack on reporter