- The White House lawn was the site of another raccoon encounter early Wednesday morning, with a CNN reporter appearing to fend off an attack right before his live shot.
- CNN caught the encounter on camera, with the reporter Joe Johns throwing something off-screen and telling a critter to get lost.
- “Frickin’ raccoons, man,” Johns said. “God, again! That’s the second time. Jesus.”
- Raccoons rampaged through several tents outside the White House recently, tearing into TV crews’ gear in broad daylight.
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The White House on Wednesday morning was the site of another raccoon encounter, to the dismay of a CNN reporter.
The reporter Joe Johns was recorded trying to do an early-morning live shot for “New Day” when his attention turned.
His foe could not be seen on camera, but Johns sprang into action, throwing an object off-screen and yelling for a critter to “get!” as he tried to salvage his TV hit.
“Frickin’ raccoons, man,” Johns said. “God, again! That’s the second time. Jesus.”
—Alisyn Camerota (@AlisynCamerota) October 7, 2020
Raccoons recently ransacked tents along the White House lawn used by TV crews, that time in broad daylight.
Johns later tweeted his theory that the pre-dawn raccoons were drawn to the bright lights around the live-shot setup.
—joe johns (@joejohnscnn) October 7, 2020