Opinion| Carmine Sabia| Anything can happen on live television and sometimes that can be frightening.

A CNN reporter in São Paolo, Brazil was robbed at knife point during a live broadcast by a man in a hoodie, Mediaite reported.

CNN Brazil reporter Bruna Macedo was robbed at knifepoint during a live report in São Paolo on Saturday.

During Macedo’s report on rising water levels at Bandeiras Bridge in São Paolo, a man could be seen on camera behind the reporter, watching, before he made his move and approached her.

Though Macedo initially greeted the man, he quickly pulled out a knife, prompting Macedo to hand over two mobile phones, as CNN Brazil cut the feed.

“It was impossible to understand at the time what was happening, if it was a homeless person passing by. But after what happened, we cut the image,” CNN host Rafael Colombo.

He said that Macedo “is fine” and “did not suffer any kind of injury” but she “had a terrible scare.”

“CNN Brasil brings a new brand of journalism to Brazil with a commitment to impartial and agenda-setting journalism produced by a first-rate team of reporters and producers led by award-winning journalist Douglas Tavolaro, who is well-renowned in the Brazilian media market,” CNN said in a press release when the network launched in March 2020.

“CNN Brasil has recruited more than 300 journalists, including many of the most experienced and prominent figures in Brazilian journalism,” it said.

Thank God Macedo is fine, in spite of being frightened, as situations on live television can get much worse, as evidenced by the murder of journalist Allison Parker in 2015, as The New York Daily News reported.

A bitter ex-television reporter, carrying a handgun and a homicidal rage two years after his ugly firing, made himself the lead story — complete with shocking video.

Tormented journalist Vester Lee Flanagan II emptied his gun into a 24-year-old ex-colleague and her cameraman from point-blank range Wednesday as a live audience watched the double homicide over morning coffee.

The remorseless killer actually videotaped the 6:45 a.m. slaughter, posting a 56-second clip on Facebook and Twitter before killing himself as Virginia State Police closed in about five hours later.

“Bitch,” he hissed just seconds before squeezing off the first shot at reporter Alison Parker, seemingly waiting until the moment her cameraman framed her on air. By the time the video clip ended, the sounds of another 14 gunshots were clearly heard.

Parker, despite a desperate sprint for safety, was pronounced dead at the Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Va. Gunned down alongside her was Adam Ward, 27, her cameraman and friend.

Flanagan, in a bizarre 23-page screed faxed to ABC News, cited a variety of motives for the double murder — from vengeance for the June shooting at a black church in Charleston, S.C., to a message from Jehovah. “I’ve been a human powder keg for a while . . . just waiting to go BOOM!!!!” the 41-year-old wrote in the manifesto.

But court papers linked to Flanagan’s 2013 firing from WDBJ-TV indicated the killer was plotting his revenge for two years.

Carmine Sabia

Carmine Sabia Jr. is the Editor-At-Large for sabiareport.com and a syndicated columnist for The Federalist Papers, Illicit Info and others covering political news and current events.

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