- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 27, 2020

MSNBC correspondent Cal Perry was called out during a live segment over Memorial Day weekend after he attempted to shame a Wisconsin passerby for not wearing a mask, before the man quickly pointed out that neither was Mr. Perry’s crew.

Mr. Perry was reporting live from Lake Geneva on Monday where he claimed that he hadn’t met “anybody” there who was concerned about their own personal safety, and that “no one” there was wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“As you can see, no one is wearing them,” Mr. Perry said as he pointed the cameraman to a male passerby.

“Including the cameraman,” the man fired back.

Visibly taken aback, Mr. Perry responded, “There you go, including the cameraman. Yeah. K.”

“Half your crew’s not wearing them,” the man added as Mr. Perry deadpanned into the camera.

“Striking images,” MSNBC’s Katy Tur reported from the studio as she moved on to the next segment.

A clip of the exchange tweeted Tuesday by The Daily Caller’s Eddie Zipperer, and retweeted by President Trump’s son Don Jr., went viral with more than 3.3 million views as of Wednesday afternoon.

The man in the video, revealed by Bugle Newspapers as Bolingbrook resident Andy Olson, said he’s tired of the media “manipulating” Americans.

“This is not about me, it is about getting the truth out there and exposing some of these people for what they are,” Mr. Olson told the outlet. “I wasn’t trying to be rude or ignorant, he turned the camera on me and tried to shame me and it backfired on him big time. It exposed him for his hypocrisy. The camera guy is there in plain view with a mask around his neck.

“Before they went live, they were congregated together within a couple feet of each other, there was no social distancing,” he said. “The reporter, he had his mask on the whole time when we were there. But the cameraman was talking in his face and people were walking by almost rubbing elbows with him and he wasn’t freaking out and wasn’t social distancing himself from other people, so why is he calling out people on the street and mask shaming them.”

Mr. Olson’s wife, who tweets under the handle @Deana921, posted their own video of the exchange that showed two out of three crew members with unprotected faces, the New York Post reported.

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