Politicians not liking reporters is nothing new. Senator Pete Kelly was quoted by Herz himself as saying, “your reporting is bullshit.” But actual violence towards a reporter is considered off-limits.
Senator David Wilson, it’s alleged, in response to Nat asking him he thought the story Herz had recently written about Wilson was fair, responded with an open-handed slap across Herz’ face. Then walked off. Wilson, when asked by other reporters if he had slapped Herz, replied “no comment.” Which pretty much means he did it.
At the Midnight Sun, we have drawn our own conclusions: 1) If Wilson had slapped Casey Reynolds, both would still be at bottom of the stairwell where the assault happened. Casey just wouldn’t take that. 2) What sort of privilege does Wilson think he possesses that he can slap someone for doing his job as a reporter? 3)A slap? Really? Why didn’t Wilson hit him with his purse? and Finally 4) Wilson should grow-up and publicly apologize.
Imagine if it were tiny Liz Raines of KTVA that got assaulted–Wilson would be in jail. Wilson is 100 pounds heavier than Nat Herz. It’s probably best that Herz didn’t respond in-kind, but the Alaska Senate should censure David Wilson, at the very least.