Update: Be sure to read this piece, which includes Joe's reaction to the assault.
A Bristol Eastern High School graduate who ignored my advice and went into journalism got his ass kicked for it yesterday.
Joe (Wilbur) Killian, a former writer for The Bristol Press and The Tattoo, is a reporter in Greensboro, N.C., where he got assigned to cover yesterday's rally by Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
At the rally, Joe tried to speak with some Obama supporters who were kicked out -- and then got assaulted for it by an angry Republican.
Read his account of what happened here.
Joe's been a friend since he was in high school so I've followed his career pretty closely. He won lots of awards for his work for The Tattoo, the international teen-written newspaper that my wife and I run.
He was briefly a staff writer at the Press, ran his college's newspaper and has worked for the Greensboro News & Record for a couple of years now. He's a great guy and a terrific journalist.
There's something terribly wrong with our politics when some angry fat guy could assault Joe for doing his job. I hope it makes everyone step back and think about where this fury might take us.
Meanwhile, I hope Joe's OK. I know he's black and blue.
You can read commentary about the assault all over the internet today, but I'll post a few links in a bit.
Here are a few:
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