Anti-waxer Karen crashes into the Toronto newscast, harassing journalists live on the air

Another run-in has been recorded between anti-vaxxers and someone just trying to do their job, the latest incident taking place live in the air on Wednesday.

CP24’s Cristina Tenaglia was out in the field making a living piece where she discussed the next phase planned in the vaccine rollout when a woman grabbing a phone appeared right next to her, apparently looking for more than just an innocent selfie.

Tenaglia appeared to be taken aback when the woman, identified as anti-wax activist Jody Ledgerwood, interrupted the broadcast with a blatantly sincere “Sorry” before the feed instantly clipped to a video of Mayor Tory talking about the issue of vaccine safety.

Although the live broadcast ended abruptly after the unwritten interruption, an excerpt from Ledgerwood’s virtually unmanageable (filmed in landscape mode, but presented in portrait?) Protest video reveals what happened next.

The nearly 44-minute-long video shows a group of women trying to force their way past police into City Hall about three minutes, but you have to wait about 25 minutes to see what happened after CP24’s cameras were turned off.

“I just heard you talk about the safety of vaccines. Vaccines are far from safe. You have to start doing real journalism here, because you know what? Children die,” Ledgerwood said before moving on to expel pseudoscientifics. , unproven theories about vaccines that are not even worth repeating.

Lawyer and political commentator Caryma Sa’d, who happily posted an abridged clip of the meeting, tells blogTO that Ledgerwood was part of “a group of self-proclaimed ‘mother bears’ who tried to enter a public health building yesterday , and when it did not succeed., tried to enter the town hall. “

Sa’d says the group fought against recently unveiled plans to inoculate children ages 5 to 11, recreating the familiar discussion points that read like rural bumper stickers.

After failing to gain access to several public buildings, the dewormed mob encountered the CP24 broadcast team.

“Cristina Tenaglia reported live when she was interrupted and then surrounded by an entire group,” S’ad says. “She ended up doing a couple of one-on-one interviews to de-escalate the situation. The most important person she spoke to was Samantha Denuzzo, who has been active in [anti-vax] movement.”

Bell Media and CP24 did not return to us at the time of publication with a comment regarding their employee being harassed, although Tenaglia appears to be taking a short break from social media after the drama.

Meanwhile, online reactions have largely been supportive of Tenaglia.

Comments on Twitter expressed their disappointment that journalists are being harassed at work.

This, of course, is nothing new, as journalists have been targeted throughout the pandemic for reporting on the findings of science and not Facebook Karens. Something that one can only expect will continue as denial of science becomes more widespread.


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