BOSTON – A California man angry about The Boston Globe’s coordinated editorial comment on President Donald Trump’s attacks on the news media was Thursday arrested for threatening to travel to the newspaper offices and killing of journalists, whom he called the “enemy of the people,” the federal prosecutors said.
Prosecutors say that 68-year-old Robert Chain, the threatening phone calls to the Globe’s newsroom started immediately after the entire World called on newspapers throughout the country, to condemn what they call a “dirty war against the free press.”
The day the articles were published , Chain, Encino, told a World staff member that he was going to shoot workers in the head for 4 hours, according to the court documents. That threat prompted a police response and increased safety in the newspaper offices.
After the editorials ran, authorities said Chain, said that he would continue to be a threat to the entire World, The New York Times “and other fake news”, as long as they do their “treachery and provocative acts” in the attacks of Trump.
Several times, he called Globe staff the “enemy of the people,” a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past.
It was not immediately clear if the Chain has a lawyer. A person as a family member of the Chain did not immediately return a phone message.
Prosecutors say he is expected to appear in Los Angeles federal court Thursday and will be transferred to Boston at a later date. He is charged with making threatening communications in the trade, which calls for up to five years in prison.
Jane Bowman, a spokeswoman for the whole World, according to the newspaper, grateful for the enforcement of the law on the efforts to protect the staff and the detection of the source of the threats.
“While it was confusing for many of our staff have to be threatened in such a way that no one – really no one – let it be in the way of the important work of this institution,” she said in an e-mail.
Federal officials promised to continue to go after those who put others in fear for their lives.
“In a time of increasing political polarization, and in the midst of the increasing incidence of mass shootings, the members of the public must police their own political rhetoric. Or we will,” said the Prosecutor of the V. S. Andrew Lelling.
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