According to multiple media reports, a Fox News Radio correspondent and a reporter for far right-wing website Gateway Pundit engaged in a yelling match — and possibly a physical altercation — on Friday in the White House briefing room.
The incident began when Jon Decker, a correspondent for Fox News radio, announced to the room the arrival of Gateway Pundit reporter Lucian Wintrich. According to a post on Twitter by Adrian Carrasquillo, a White House correspondent for Buzzfeed, Decker then yelled, “They hate blacks, Jews, Hispanics,” referring to the Gateway Pundit website.
Fox News Radio John Decker just loudly told everyone in briefing room that Gateway Pundit is here "they hate blacks, Jews, Hispanics." Wild
— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) March 10, 2017
Wintrich later claimed he had been “accosted,” “pushed in the back room,” and that the Fox News reporter “grabbed my arm.” He also claims Decker referred to Gateway Pundit as a “white supremacist” website and Wintrich as a “Nazi.”
Wintrich said on Twitter there were witnesses to the altercation and that he plans to press charges against Decker. “There were witnesses in both assult cases. Luckally, there are real journalists here who saw Jon Decker assault me – I am pressing charges,” Wintrich wrote.
There were witnesses in both assult cases. Luckally, there are real journalists here who saw Jon Decker assault me – I am pressing charges. https://t.co/EExO3SXyY9
— Lucian B. Wintrich (@lucianwintrich) March 10, 2017
After the alleged incident, Wintrich held a brief meeting to explain what had occurred with reporters outside the briefing room and later accused Decker of being “deranged.”
“Jon Decker is a thin-liped, homophobic, deranged man. He has no business reporting from the WH. Fire him,” wrote Wintrich on Twitter.
— Lucian B. Wintrich (@lucianwintrich) March 11, 2017
In a response to the wild events on Friday, Gateway Pundit writer Joe Hoft, the brother of Gateway Pundit publisher Jim Hoft, issued a scathing rebuke of the “mainstream media,” who he blames for the incident.
“What we saw yesterday was the mainstream liberal media doing what it always does – attack conservatives by calling them vile, disgusting names, lie and then play the victim,” wrote Hoft. “Enough is enough!”
Neither Fox News nor Decker have issued a response to the altercation.