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Every job has its fair share of occupational hazards, but some are worse than others. Sometimes the job of bringing information to the world can come at a severe cost. For one Mexican journalist, reporting in the field suddenly turned dangerous when the man encountered a moving car that wouldn’t stop. Check the video of the incident out for yourself, below.
Broadcasting from the aftermath of a match between rival football teams Chivas and Club America, Fox News reporter David Medrano Mora was signing off in typical fashion at Guadalajara Airport when a car began to reverse its direction, heading toward him. The car kept moving toward the journalist, eventually striking him and sending him flying off camera onto the pavement. The whole incident was captured live, leaving anchor Aldo Sanchez with a befuddled look on his face as he sat in the Mexico City-based Fox News studio. Despite the frightening nature of the situation, it has since been revealed that Mora did not suffer any major injuries as a result of the collision, and is expected to be fine.
Field reporters for news outlets – both at the local as well as national level – have seen their fair share of ridiculous moments over the years – some humorous, some scary. While some reporters merely have to deal with someone swearing during a live broadcast, crying children, or the accidental side effects of opium, many have been in legitimately scary situations. These encounters range sexual harassment, to assault with a lit cigarette, to actually getting mugged live on the air. Perhaps the most high-profile incident came last month when a reporter and cameraman were murdered live on the air by a disgruntled former co-worker. That incident has since led to a discussion about gun control policies, but we will leave such a debate for another time.
In the end, all we can say is that we are glad David Medrano Mora is alright, and that the video of him serves as a reminder that journalists take on some fairly severe risks in the service of their jobs. We can often lose sight of the fact that the people who bring us the information we desire often do so at the risk of life and limb. If you have not checked out the video above, definitely do so. He’s totally fine, so it’s all right to chuckle at the incident.