When I read about this story, about a man who had had to defend himself against attackers twice in a short period of time being stalked by Rebecca Aguilar, now suspended from her job at KDFW, I noted that she was Hispanic Journalist of the Year.
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Are you a trigger-happy kind of person?`Anyone who doubts journalists` decency and good sense need only to have seen Fox 4`s Rebecca Aguilar in action this week to have their worst impressions confirmed. Ms. Aguilar confronted 70-year-old James Walton, who the day before had killed a burglar at his West Dallas machine and welding shop, his second such shooting in three weeks. He was trying to leave a sporting goods store, where he had just bought a new shotgun to replace the one police took. He clearly didn`t want to talk, so Ms. Aguilar berated him with loaded questions: "Are those tears of, what, remorse? ... Are you a trigger-happy kind of person? ... Is that what you wanted to do, shoot to kill?" Although Channel 4 pulled the video from its Web site, you still may find a copy floating around the Internet. Search for "reporter ambushes senior citizen."
I thought, however that it would be something of a low blow to mention that she was Hispanic Journalist of the Year, until I found out that the Hispanic Journalists were defending her. See the letter, PDF from National Assocation of Hispanic Journalists President Rafael Olmeda[Email him].KDFW has been trying to suppress the video, citing specious copyright claims. They`re wrong—they aren`t covering the news here, they are the news, and this now First Amendment territory, but anyhow it`s back up online, for now. Watch it, and remember that he`s not a criminal, or a suspect, but a victim, and the home invaders were breaking into his home as well as his business, and decide for yourself what kind of "Journalist of the Year" Ms. Aguilar is.