Vice News Reporter's Arrest Spun as 'Trump Fascism Falls Upon the Land'
And it turns out, according to a Trump campaign statement (published by a Vice News reporter no less), media credentialing was limited today to the press pool, which didn't include Thompson, and didn't play any role in his arrest.
Trump camp statement on @AlxThomp arrest pic.twitter.com/yyYTGDD9PR
— E McMorris-Santoro (@EvanMcS) September 17, 2016
Not quite the "Trump fascism descends upon the land" narrative that some in the media are trying to spin this into.
So perhaps the moral of the story is that criminal trespass laws apply even to the media. If you're ordered to leave the property by a representative of the property owner, there is no "First Amendment" exception that will prevent you from being arrested if you don't comply after you're asked to leave.
And a final pro tip is that if you're a "reporter" covering a presidential campaign event, perhaps don't dress like you're attending a Phish concert.