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Piers Morgan Tells Reporter Michelle Fields To 'Toughen Up'

Recently, Piers Morgan wrote about the video of Donald Trump's campaign manager allegedly "assaulting" female reporter Michelle Fields. Morgan shares how he was punched in the head three times at the British Press Awards in London a few years ago.

His assailant was Jeremy Clarkson, then presenter of global TV car show Top Gear. He thought about punching him back or calling the police and pressing charges. Instead, he stumbled outside and caught a taxi home.

Morgan writes, "My point in retelling this anecdote is that journalism's a rough old game, and the people--male and female--who choose it for a profession tend to be fairly rough too." He goes on to write that "Gathering news is thus a precarious pursuit which often requires reporters to work in very difficult, dangerous conditions."

Morgan also writes that he saw the footage of Corey Lewandowski's incident with Michelle Fields. He wrote, "The footage lasts just a few seconds and shows Ms. Fields displaying commendable bravura as she approaches Trump to fire questions at him."

He sees Lewandowski grab her arms for less than a second as he moves on. Ms. Fields stated otherwise by sharing, "I was jolted backwards. Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground but was able to maintain my balance. Nevertheless I was shaken. Campaign managers aren't supposed to try to forcefully throw reporters to the ground."

Morgan writes, "Oh puh-lease. I've watched the video multiple times and cannot conceive any sensible interpretation that he is committing any kind of deliberate assault. Part of Lewandowski's job is to protect Trump from nosey journalists, and that's exactly what he's doing."

He continues, "Particularly given that battery, according to the law, means 'intentionally touching someone without that person's will'--the very same thing we now know Fields did to Trump."

Morgan argues that Lewandowski wasn't intentionally trying to hurt Fields, but was trying to prevent her from getting to Donald Trump. He asks if Katie Couric, Barbara Walters or Diane Sawyer would have pressed charges if they were in the same position.

He writes, "Like I said, journalism's a rough old game. You dish it out, you have to take it." He ends with, "Toughen up, young lady--or choose a different job."

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