Video: Fox 31's Eli Stokols drops F-bombs on Occupy Denver protesters
Update below: When Occupy Denver members mark the group's six-month anniversary next week, they'll focus on accomplishments. One example: Protesters recently interrupted and shut down a live Fox 31 broadcast with complaints of subpar previous coverage. From there, as you'll see in the video below, the F-bombs fly, with reporter Eli Stokols cursing at protesters and arguing that such actions are "not a good way to get anybody to respect your point of view." And the protesters curse back.
Although the video's YouTube title suggests otherwise by referencing Fox News, Fox 31 is locally run and not a part of the larger national network. But whatever the case, Stokols rebuffs allegations of coverage shortfalls by pointing out that he and his coworkers have reported about a visit by Michael Moore, meetings with the police and "regular people on the street."
"I'm in the middle of a live shot, so this is not the time to debate with you guys," Stokols says. "If you want to act like grownups, then we can have a conversation. When I'm live on fucking television -- and you can film this -- you don't come up and fuck us up."
Here's the video:
So far, none of Westword's requests to speak to Stokols have been returned; we'll keep you updated if that changes. But while protesters lauded the interruption's success online, Stokols took to Twitter, calling the protesters "morons" on his professional account and urging them to "#stayclassy."
"Do you want to be taken seriously?" he asks on camera, pointing out that the live shot has been ruined thanks in part to a sign that says "F the police." He adds, "You want the media to respect your point of view? Then respect us."
Led by protester Caryn Sodaro, seen verbally battling Stokols on camera, the group alleges false information in previous stories before leaving the area as Stokols and a cameraman pack up.
"Oh, yeah," Sodaro says as the protesters walk away. "We're making change."
Update, 1:24 p.m.: This afternoon, we managed to reach Stokols to ask a few questions about the incident and the relationship between the media and the occupation. Here's the transcript of that conversation.
Page down to read our Q&A with Eli Stokols.