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Is it standard practice to keep the press in a cage at public events in the USA..or just the best place to keep rare and endangered species safe from morans?

One of these days he'll lose control of his mob and someone will get seriously hurt or worse.

This Reporter is an Australian journo, our ABC  US corespondent 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/about/backstory/news-coverage/2018-10-11/donald-trump-supporters-rain-down-insults-reporters-in-pen-rally/10364844

Donald Trump's supporters rain down insults, boos and laughter at reporters kept in media pen at Iowa rally

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With time still to kill, I needed to go to the bathroom but had to have an elderly volunteer escort me lest I wickedly try and get direct perspectives from Trump voters.

Again, being fair — he was a lovely bloke.

He told me he couldn't be on his feet too long so he was getting his shift in early as he wanted to sit later and watch a President live for the first time in his life.

Thankfully he let me into the cubicle unaccompanied but as soon as I emerged my elderly chaperone shuffled me back to our little square cage surrounded on its four sides by the local faithful.

I got back just in time for the first warm-up speaker who predictably railed against the press.

I saw the faces of the people I'd just interviewed become animated and angry as they yelled at the reporters and camera operators in the pen.

This continued on and off as speaker after speaker including the President exhorted the crowd to lob insults.

That would result in people on all four sides raining down insults, boos, laughter and finger pointing.

A tramp chair comes to mind

It was never unsafe and I don't want to give a false impression that it was anything more sinister than loud mockery.

It was an extremely odd experience though to be effectively trapped while the people whose views you'd taken the trouble to seek out shouted things at you over a couple of hours.

Media restrictions at campaign rallies are standard now, but not usually confined to such a small space and with such barriers to accessing the faithful.

It reminded me of reading about the aptly named tramp chair — a 19th-century instrument of humiliation where undesirables were strapped into a metal chair and pushed down the street for people to yell insults and for kids to poke them with sticks.

One young filmmaker who was in the crowd undercover came over to the pen and told me he was too afraid to approach people for interviews.

I'd earlier eyed him enviously, seemingly free to walk around and chat to whoever he wanted.

Turns out he was scared and just ended up furtively taking photos of people and pretending he was just there for the rally.

That restrictions left him too fearful to seek views seemed an own goal.

The fact that more than 10,000 people were there on a rainy Tuesday night left me with the impression the looming blue wave will still face serious red opposition and surely that's a story Republicans want to be told.

And yes, I can confirm it's true what the President has said before, that people were queueing outside and watching on screens — even in the rain.

I can also confirm though that the complaints about why they weren't being filmed are because we were stuck in the bloody pen, rather than bias by omission.

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The media pen at a Donald Trump rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Feb. 8.

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Members of the news media file stories and pictures from the press pen following a rally with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Macomb Community College on March 4, 2016 in Warren, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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 Makes sense- Played once at a club that had one of those chicken wire cages for the band- so the Trump crowd is used to that!  Cute.....

The escort to the can is a nice touch.  

 

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The "cage" is for their own protection....keep them from "kicking" Trump supporters

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Just now, SailBlueH2O said:

The "cage" is for their own protection....keep them from "kicking" Trump supporters

Mike Pompeo would like to remind you that pronouns commonly refer to the last noun, or the subject, (See? Only 2 commas!) so to whom does ‘their’ refer? 

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