Ben Jacobs’ Broken Glasses Find a Home in the Newseum

And Jacobs gets a new pair, paid for by health insurance

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In the likely case that you’ve read the account of Greg Gianforte–then a GOP candidate for the House, now a candidate-elect with a misdemeanor assault charge–and his assault on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs right before Montana’s special election, you would know that a key detail involved Jacobs’ glasses, which were broken when the candidate body-slammed the reporter.

Those glasses will not be consigned to the [literal] ash heap of history, but will find a new home at the Newseum. The institution made the request to Jacobs, and he obliged.

As for Jacobs, he is the owner of a new pair of glasses, the aquisition of which was described in detail by Guardian staff.

Bruising by Jacobs’ right eye did not alter the outcome of a normal eye exam performed by ophthalmologist and surgeon Andrew F Kolker.

Jacobs was fitted for a new pair of glasses by optician Russell Byron, settling on a pair of black frames from Banana Republic. The glasses will be ready for pickup next week and the cost will be covered by the Guardian and his company health insurance.


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