Video: Fox 31's Eli Stokols drops F-bombs on Occupy Denver protesters

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Video below.
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."

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"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.


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A-K Dan
A-K Dan

Eli Stokols is SUCH an Obama Ass-Kisser - as his April 11, 2012 Trayvon Roundtable was a bunch of Black dudes sitting around crying 'Racism' BEFORE ANY TRIAL - even though anyone with a CLUE knows Trayvon would still be ALIVE today - had he not tried to circle back & KILL Zimmerman - Duuuhhhh !!!

Real 'balanced' newscast there, Eli !!! 

Guest
Guest

Who does Eli think he is - Colorado's own Andrew Breitbart yelling obscenities and losing his chit at the protestors?  Bravo, Eli - you da man!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Fuck Fox31 ... Fuck what they stand for ... and Fuck their wretched Mothers for bringing such worthless pieces of shit like them into this world.

HTH.

Jtcolfax
Jtcolfax

The owner of the video, a fierce and fearless occupier, made changes to it's output to stop the endless flow of hate she was getting.  This caused the video to disable in the embedding of this and other media articles.  the vid is approaching 40k hits and is finadable at;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

Fox is Fox, whether owned and operated by the Fox network or not. Considering the long and well documented history of Fox network choosing to misrepresent, mislead or outright lie about Occupy events and participants, I have no sympathy for the azzhat's ruined live shot.

Jprki1990
Jprki1990

I don't disagree with what he did, He was doing his job, and we need to keep in mind, Fox 31 is a local ran station. It's extremely disrespectful to do that on the news, no matter what station.  And he's correct, if you want people to respect your opinion and point of view, then do it in a positive way.  I agree with the OD Protests. But when it comes right down to the point, The F-word actually once placed on a Live Broadcast, oversteps your Free Speech rights. Plus it just makes you look like an idiot. I would also just like to add that yes, I did vote as a Democrat, But Fiscally I will lean conservative, this is because I want my money, to stay my money. If you don't work and contribute anything to society, why should you get food stamps, medicaid welfare, or anything else that uses Tax Payer Dollars, when I'n fact your paying no taxes. So let's just think for a second and think, hmm, we are fighting as the 99% but yet, the majority of the protesters have gone back to work, to do there jobs and contribute, but the people out there everyday, not working, throwing trash around, living like people in a Hobo camp. It doesn't just look bad for the city itself, but it makes that select set of people referred to look very lazy, irresponsible. But I will be out there tomorrow, supporting the protesters who actually have a vision, rather than the people out there, just cause they have no actual real job. I totally agree with What Eli Stokol did.  He was doing his job, trying to get the OD word out there, and from what I saw, it didn't look like there was any police action at all.  People all in all get back to the root of the OD Movement, and make a difference, not, an ass of yourself.  

Jtcolfax
Jtcolfax

I wonder if this reporter was so upset at himself for blowing his stack, he decided to chill out a little bit by dumping all his pot in the park?

Morri
Morri

LOL...this:

""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."

Faux is not news, it's a propaganda channel, and those that work there ..well, nary a single real journalist among 'em. Talking heads, one and all..

Also, duly noted that Eli, who has two Facebook accounts has a grand total of ...wait for it...99 Likes on one, and 106 Likes on the other. Run along, little man; you haven't a clue.

dchris24
dchris24

The fucking idiot losers strike again......no one cares, fuckheads....Seriously....even people who were once quasi-sympathetic to your cause now think you're a joke. Civic Center Park has turned into a smelly, garbage-filled cesspool and homeless encampment full of leftist slobs and dregs. Good for Stokols jawing with these idiots, although it really is giving them more respect than they deserve. Go back to your parents' basements and dorm rooms, asshats. 

Ben Swales
Ben Swales

Why didnt westword ask stokols about HIM saying fuck?

Angela
Angela

I never thought I would agree with Fox 31. When the protests first started I was all for the Occupy movement. I went down there one time with my 13-year-old daughter, who also is very socially conscience, and that was it. The smell of pot smoke pervaded everything, and people had no problem swearing horribly in the most sexually graphic terms and acting like apes within feet of a child. That was it. We left before things got worse. My occupation lasted all of about 30 minutes, and now my daughter joke about it every time there is an arrest or an outbreak of scabies. I wish they would leave, and maybe a movement that's not populated by the worst kinds of idiots will start anew. Occupy is a completely tarnished brand at this point. The only people left in it are people none of us would want our children to be associated with.

Fillmore Lankford
Fillmore Lankford

We didnt wait on the sidewalk...liar. You were already talking into your camera when we walked up. And didnt know it was you due to your all white unmarkes vans.....The lies just keep coming with this guy.

Shasta
Shasta

As someone who agrees 100% with the goals of OWS, I gotta say it's obvious that these yahoos are only hurting the cause. For people like me, who like to make an intelligent argument about the facts, people like this are just an embarrassing distraction. By exhibiting behavior like this, conservatives can simply dismiss the entire movement as a bunch 4-year-old equivalents (which, let's face it, is how they're behaving.)

Rizinfrmashes
Rizinfrmashes

The entire U.S is corporate run, who in turn runs the government. If you think otherwise, you are only being a follower to a corrupt system which only cares about capitalistic gains & power over people. The occupy movement should focus more on the ties between corporations and government. Ask why we have veterans eating out of garbage cans & living on the streets? Is that the reward for putting their lives on the line? Bottom line is, its all about business & making money off of others misfortune while laughing about it to the bank.

Dan
Dan

Apparently KDVR is only enamored with televised obscenity when it involves the Super Bowl or photo radar vans.

DeRecon
DeRecon

Quit acting like the occupiers represent the 99% as they do not and never have.  While theyhad a large and ever shrinking percentage of Americans who resonated with the core message.  Nobody can represent another person without their permission.  My lawyer can represent me and my elected official can represent me but never some random guy in a park with a sign.

Quit blaming corporations and capitalism for our woes.  This is equivalent to blaming the American citizens accepting Medicare, welfare, and food stamps for our debt.  If a politicians hand a bank billions of dollars the problem is not that they accepted it or even that they needed it.  Capitalism requires losers to loose and winners to win.  When the government steps in the whole system fails.

Please continue to protest if that is your desire.  I would recommend that your protest be pointed toward the real problem, the government (both parties).   Drop 99% as you only can represent yourself.

Benjamin
Benjamin

Anarchist losers with bandanas hiding their face = "anonymous idiocy" Robert. Occupy is done, finished and these little anarchist idiots are to blame. Occupy had a window of opportunity to do some great powerful things but unfortunately that opportunity was missed and all that is left are the scabies infested vermin feasting on its remains. I was once 100% behind Occupy Denver but I now find myself cheering for the police. F the Denver Anarchist Black Cross!

Jmpmk2
Jmpmk2

You all realize that local Fox channels are not owned by News Corp, right?  They merely own the broadcast signal.

I hope these assholes, with their inane signage, know that even progressive thinkers are tired of their act.  They've taken an honorable idea and reduced it to an angry picnic for the lowest common denominator.  If they had anything even remotely new or interesting to say, it would be covered -- they don't.

I'm young, underemployed, and displeased with investment banking and the political stalemate in Congress, but I don't identify these people.  I'm not an anarchist; therefore, I'll go about participating in democracy, instead of screaming at trees in a park.

A-K Dan
A-K Dan

 i THINK YOUR 'Guest' above is HIGH or something Michael, as Stokols is such a DemoCrap KISS ASS, never assailing Obama - as Breitbart was always trying to EXPOSE Obama, especially Breitbarts video of Obama's Communist College Days that strangely seems linked to the drink he accepted from strangers @ at bar, the night of his death ???

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting interpretation, Guest. Thanks for weighing in.

A-K Dan
A-K Dan

 Wake Up fratdawgg23, as KDVR Fox 31 is so Freaking LIB - it shouldn't be a Fox News Affiliate as it GOES OVERBOARD to be 'PC & rarely uses Fox News Clips in its stories !!!'

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Fox News argued in court that they had a First Amendment "Right to Lie and Deceive" in their NEWS broadcasts.

They won that argument, the court agreed with them.

dchris24
dchris24

Yawn.....get back down to your homeless encampment where there are tens of others who actually give a fuck. 

DeRecon
DeRecon

 By your logic MSNBC is solid gold truth speakers without an agenda.

Fox is news just does not present your progressive mind set.

MrEFQ
MrEFQ

 Because its a non issue.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

"Occupy is a completely tarnished brand" -- your phraseology indicates that your thinking has been completely corrupted by corporate ideology.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

WTF are you talking about?  If your reaction to this post is to blame OD for something rather than Stokols and Fox, you are no better than a corporate pawn!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I agree with most of what you wrote, but please stop pontificating about what Occupy should be doing and apprise yourself of the truth of what they have been and are doing -- Occupy both nationally and locally has consistently focused on "the ties between corporations and government"!  Your insinuation that it has not done so reflects a deficiency on your part rather than Occupy's.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

loose

Pronunciation: /luːs/verb [with object] 1set free; release

"I would recommend that your protest be pointed toward the real problem, the government (both parties)." -- brilliant!  You recommend that Occupy do what it has been doing (and simultaneously reveal your ignorance of it).  It seems likely that whatever you imagine that OD has been doing has been influenced (or dictated) by the corporate media's disinformation campaign.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

If you are same Benjamin who likes to evoke Gandhi and MLK and at one time purported to represent the interests of the homeless people living on the sidewalk on the east side of Civic Center Park to the GA, I very much hope that they and the GA-goers will now recognize you for the agent of the police you are!  I do not agree with all of the rhetoric espoused by the DABC, but at least these people have some gumption and the courage of their beliefs.  They have never controlled Occupy Denver, and it is unreasonable to blame them for any missteps OD may have made.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Your trust in the corporate media is pathetic, your assumption that most occupiers are anarchists is erroneous, and your allusion to "screaming at trees in a park" is bizarre.  Your failure to identify with people championing the cause of 99% of the people who live in this country over the domination of our society by the very wealthy suggests that you are suffering a psychotic break from reality, and the impression is only heightened by your glib reference to "participating in democracy" -- the United States is often described as a democratic republic, but reality is that it has become a corporate oligopoly.  Taking protest to the streets is a means of participating in democracy, and demanding that banks be held liable for their crimes is appropriate and reasonable -- don't you know that people are being wrongfully dispossessed of their homes across Colorado without due process even now?  Talk to more occupiers and you will find coherent ones.  As for signs, while there have been many good ones, I have seen many which might with justice be described as inane, but no central committee vets them.  So young, and so reactionary!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Faux News admitted and argued in a court of law that they had a first amendment right to LIE and DECEIVE in their "NEWS" broadcasts.

Jmpmk2
Jmpmk2

Exactly, people say 'fuck' all the time (see?), just not on camera, and not when a group is trying to garner respect for a social movement based on ethics and equality.  It's amazing how distorted an important and positive message can get when repeated by the angry and stupid.

DeRecon
DeRecon

 How is it corrupted by corporate ideology.  She went down physically to join the protest.  Her new opinion, as her post clear states, was from her experience of the protesters and their behavior.  Robert you need to wake up and realize that Occupy Wall Street has been marginalized by them not the media.  Blame who ever you want at the risk of ignoring the facts.

Shasta
Shasta

No it doesn't. Branding isn't something that only corporations do.

DeRecon
DeRecon

 Robert I'm starting to think you are a progressive pawn.  Clearly a sign saying "F the Police" shines a negative light on the movement just as much as the reporter did by stooping to their level and using the F word.  Why you think attacking the police is a positive thing speaks to your morality.

DeRecon
DeRecon

 Robert...again with this.  There has been zero focus on the government cronyism.  Show me where this focus occurred.  By making signs that say things like "Down with Capitalism" or "The Banks Sold Us Out" simply points and blames corporations.  The corporations have zero blame here.  If somebody hands you free money with no strings attached are you going to take it.  Should you be blamed for taking it or should the blame be fully attached to the government.  Its called critical thinking.

DeRecon
DeRecon

You must feel better pointing out a spelling typo.  Brilliant!

Then why is it Occupy Wall Street and not Occupy Washington.  Every sign I see says "F the police" or "Wall Street Sold Us Out"  or "Down with capitalism".  Every protester I have talked to has never once mentioned protesting the government.  Every sign, every word I have personally seen or seen on TV points to hatred of Banks, Capitalism, Corporations, Media, etc.  Never once is a mention of the real problem.  My influence is direct and not swayed by media.  I don't pay attention to what the media is saying I look at what the signs say and what the protestors say.  I go out and talk to local protesters.  So before you assume get the facts.  So I stand by my statement.

Benjamin
Benjamin

And you sir are an agent of the morons. The whole time I was down there I never felt the need to disrespect policemen - who are fellow 99%ers and fellow human beings by the way - to get my point across. If that makes me an "agent" who cares, who cares what a bunch of mangy cry-baby losers have to think about me.

DeRecon
DeRecon

 An agent of the police.  A pawn of corporate media.  WOW...are you off your meds you seem awful paranoid.

Jmpmk2
Jmpmk2

Rock on, bro.  You're so righteous and angry and, like, stuff!

No, you ARE screaming at trees, not accomplishing a single thing, because no one is listening to you.  Participating in democracy would be electing officials and legislators committed to holding investment banks accountable for unethical practices, or changing laws so home foreclosures are being processed by real people.  Our political arena is open to all people, and its access is way easier than I previously thought it was.

The Montgomery Bus Boycotts, MLK, and the Million Man March get all the credit for the cival rights movement in the 60's, but many unacknowledged heroes were the lawyers, lobbyists, and politicians who passed the Cival Rights Act, forced landmark court decisions, and numerous other accomplishments through our democracy.  Your protesting is merely parrotting an over-romanticized ideal that leads people to believe they're making a difference.

The Tea Party is chalk full of ignoramuses, but at least they had the wherewithal to get elected and force the change they desired.  Can you imagine how effective a new contingent of lawmakers with actual ethics and real progressive ideas would be?  That's my dream, and I only wish people with your vigor believed the same. 

DeRecon
DeRecon

 The protestor only speaks for and represents themselves.  They do not represent me or the 99%.  What makes you think they can represent anybody.  Wake up.  I'm all for them protesting whatever it is they are protesting but don't pretend to represent the public.  Very pretentious of you.

Guest
Guest

Robert, please look up the difference between which and that. You need a comma in two other places, but not in "So young, and so reactionary." A 74-word run-on sentence? Really? You also have no idea how to use a long dash. And if you're going to quote someone, quote them accurately. The previous poster did not write "paritcipating." Please untangle "but reality is that it has become." Robert, I'd give the grammar checks a rest until you've gone back to night school for your GED.

Guest
Guest

Sorry, pal, some knit cap wearing 19 year old bitching about the wealthy 1% while drinking Starbucks, wearing AirJordans and blogging  on a Mac does't speak for me. But they do make great poster children for the Idiocracy fucktard nation!

A-K Dan
A-K Dan

 You mean like ABC (Adore Barack Channel), CBS (Constant Barack Suck Ups), CNN (Communist News Network), or NBC (Nurture Barack Channel) ???

DeRecon
DeRecon

 Your belief that verbal abuse is not an attack speaks to your ignorance.  They have the right to say and write what they want.  But if they want the general public to back them up "F the police" is not the way.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I have already alluded to the fact that protesters usually make their own signs, and when I have looked for ready-made ones to hold, I find that most are unsatisfactory.  I have not displayed the signs to which you referred, but I defend the right of those who choose to do so.  Why you think that police have been attacked (other than verbally) speaks to your gullibility.

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