This Day In History February 29
by W.P. Akins
by Bobby Stewart
This Day In History February 29
by W.P. Akins
by Bobby Stewart
Photojournalist Christopher Morris is escorted by police during a Donald Trump rally in Radford, Va., Feb. 29, 2016. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP)
A member of the United States Secret Service attacked a Time magazine photographer at a Donald Trump rally, grabbing his neck and slamming him to the ground.
Chris Morris, who has been on contract with Time since 1990, was covering the protests at the Republican presidential frontrunner’s campaign event on Monday at Radford University in Radford, Va.,
“I stepped 18 inches out of the pen and he grabbed me by the neck and started choking me. Then he slammed me to the ground,” Morris told CNN reporter Jim Acosta onsite.
Washington Examiner reporter Gabby Morrongiello, who shot video of the incident, explained that members in the press pen were trying to record a group of African-American students who were protesting Trump by standing together with interlocked hands.
Morris was trying to get closer to the railing of the press pen to snap better photos because members of the media are not allowed outside the pen at Trump’s rallies, she explained.
“A Secret Service agent told him to get back even though he wasn’t trying to exit the press pen,” Morrongiello said in an interview with Yahoo News.
After Morris said, “F*** you,” she explained, the Secret Service agent grabbed the photographer’s throat and threw him to the ground, at which point Morris started kicking.
In another video, Morris can be seen holding his hands to the agent’s throat to demonstrate what had been done to him. Some have taken this out of context to portray Morris as the aggressor.
Morrongiello spent a month in New Hampshire leading up to the primary, and has been continuously dismayed by the campaign’s treatment of the press.
“I can’t say that I’m surprised, because of the way members of the media have been treated by the Trump campaign before,” she said. “It was at his rally where you have this huge animosity for members of the media. Just seconds before that altercation before, Donald Trump was telling all of the voters in this crowd that he wanted to loosen libel laws and make it easier for him to sue reporters.”
Morris told WSET reporter Annie Anderson that he was originally arrested after the incident but wound up just being detained.
Following the incident, Time reached out to the Secret Service to express about the level and nature of the agent’s response to Morris, who expressed remorse for his part in escalating the conflict.
“We are relieved that Chris is feeling OK, and we expect him to be back at work soon,“ a Time spokesperson said.
The Secret Service released a statement confirming that one of its employees was involved in the scuffle.
“The Secret Service is aware of an incident involving an employee of the Secret Service that occurred earlier today in Radford, VA. At this time, our local field office is working with their law enforcement partners to determine the exact circumstances that led up to this incident. The Secret Service will provide further details as warranted once additional facts surrounding the situation are known,” it reads.
The Trump campaign released the following statement:
“There was an incident involving a photographer and a USSS agent at today’s Radford University Trump rally. We are not aware of all details surrounding the incident and all future inquiries should be directed to local law enforcement.”
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Yolande Betbeze Fox, a convent-educated Alabamian who defied convention, and set new standards, by refusing to tour the country as Miss America of 1951 in revealing bathing suits, died on Monday in Washington. She was 87.
Her death was confirmed by the Joseph Gawler’s Sons funeral home in Washington.
By the time Ms. Fox won her title on Sept. 9, 1950, in Atlantic City, pageant officials, trying to calibrate propriety and sex appeal amid changing mores, had already decided to stop crowning Miss America while she was wearing a swimsuit. That pageant staple had been confined to the swimsuit competition, an event Ms. Fox — Ms. Betbeze at the time — had already won. She began her reign in a gown.
But given that the swimsuit competition’s chief sponsor, Catalina, manufactured swimwear, Ms. Fox was still expected to model bathing suits as the reigning Miss America.
What the organizers did not expect was her response. “Yolande declared, ‘I’m an opera singer, not a pinup!’ and refused posing in a bathing suit again,” according to her official biography on the pageant’s website.
As a result, Catalina withdrew as the pageant sponsor and began the rival Miss USA contest.
“In Yolande’s words, she made a stand for ‘propriety’ that has gone down as a significant flash of pageant history and altered the course of its future,” the official biography says.
Ms. Fox put it another way in an interview with The Washington Post in 1969: “There was nothing but trouble from the minute that crown touched my head.”
Ms. Fox never fulfilled her goal of becoming a professional opera singer, though she belted out “Caro Nome” from “Rigoletto” in the talent competition. But she used her newfound fame to become a model, theatrical producer and social activist.
She participated in a vigil in 1953 at Sing Sing prison to protest the impending execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the Manhattan couple convicted of conspiring to commit espionage. She joined civil rights protesters in picketing a Woolworth’s in Times Square in 1960 to support black sit-ins at the store’s lunch counters in the South. (“I’m a Southern girl, but I’m a thinking girl,” she said.) And she joined demonstrations against nuclear weapons.
In a 2006 profile, Smithsonian magazine said Ms. Fox’s “exotic Basque looks” — she was of Basque ancestry — and her rebellious streak may have made her “the most unconventional Miss America ever.”
Yolande Betbeze (her mother picked her given name from a book of medieval history) was born in Mobile, Ala., on Nov. 29, 1928, the daughter of William and Ethel Betbeze. Her father was a butcher.
She was educated in Roman Catholic convent schools and the extension division of the University of Alabama. She began her beauty contest career in 1949, when she won Spring Hill College’s Miss Torch pageant. She entered the Miss Alabama competition hoping to win a scholarship to study singing in New York.
After her one-year reign, she studied philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York; married Matthew Fox, a movie executive (they had a daughter, Yolande Fox Campbell, who survives her, along with a granddaughter); and produced theater in a playhouse on East Houston Street.
She later moved to Washington, where she bought the Georgetown mansion formerly owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and became a fixture of the capital’s social scene.
In the 1960s, Ms. Fox criticized the Miss America pageant for its lack of ethnic and racial diversity. “ ‘How could we say it’s Miss America,’ I asked, ‘if it’s not open to all Americans?’ ” she was quoted saying in “Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations,” a 2011 book by Roy Hoffman. In the 1970s, she said the pageant perpetuated sexist attitudes.
“Today,” the Miss America website says, “Yolande feels her actions have been pivotal in directing pageant progress towards recognizing intellect, values and leadership abilities, rather than focusing on beauty alone.”
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