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I spent 16 years in the tv news industry. I started off as a sports reporter, then switched to news anchor and reporter.  This spanned the years from the late 70's to the early 90's.  Apparently things were much more civil back then.  It would be pretty much unheard of for a politician to talk to a reporter the way  that nut bag congressman Mike Grimm did after the SOTU speech the other night. Follow me after the orange microphone to see what would  have happened had i been doing that interview.

First of all, i have been a weight lifter and fitness fanatic since my early 20's.  I am not saying i am  a UFC  fighter or  anything but i know how to handle myself.  If that dirt bag had said he was going to throw me off a balcony for simply doing my job, it would have been GAME ON!  The first thing i would have done would be to tell my camerman to turn the camera off. Then i would have got right in Grimm's face and said, what did you say to me mutha f'ker!  My guess is the little coward would have backed down  9  times out 10  bullys are cowards!  Make no mistake about it, these tea bagging Republicans are bullys. The only way you stop a bully is stand up to him, literally and figuratively .  This is the way they condut business in congress, they bully people until they get their way. They are not interested in compromise.  By the way what is this  BS about not being told the question beforehand. In my 16 years in tv news i never once told my subject what i was going to ask ahead of time. If you are in the public eye you have got to be able to handle everything throw your way!  WHAT A FRIGGIN WIMP!


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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    " We're all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can."................Will Rogers

    by tvdude on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 06:28:55 AM PST

  •  Um, that would have been a bad response (12+ / 0-)

    If you were in the news business, what is more important, reporting the news or making it?

    I think a more astute response would have been to keep the cameras rolling and use your interviewing skills to make him keep melting down for the evening news. If you beat him up, or make him back down, ESPECIALLY if it's off-camera, then he is the victim and you are the bully.

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    by pucklady on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 06:40:31 AM PST

  •  As a photo-journalist myself, I wouldn't have (15+ / 0-)

    Fought him - but I would have made DAMN SURE I would have IMMEDIATELY found the nearest cop and sworn out an arrest warrant against him for assault, threat of bodily harm, terroristic threats and whatever else was possible - there's no way I would have waited until bad publicity convinced  my assailant to make a forced apology, then agree to have a 'nice lunch' with him, as Michael Scotto decided to do.

    Reporters are constantly being threatened or attacked, that's what happens with the job - but you make it 100% clear you WILL NOT ACCEPT IT, and you NEVER EVER let yourself be made a victim. Standing there looking like Bambi caught in headlights? No effing way.

    "All lives end. All hearts get broken. Caring is not an advantage." - Mycroft Holmes

    by Fordmandalay on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 06:52:38 AM PST

    •  This horrific act has been on my mind (4+ / 0-)
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      since I first saw the clip.  
      I cannot understand the tolerance of this blatant threat.  Tolerating a Congressperson threatening a journalist?  Not just threatening words, but bodily harm.  Death.  If he had been pushed over the balcony, I doubt he could survive.  
      Are we accepting this now?  

      I think he should go before the ethics committee and hence, be removed.  Not censured, removed from office in disgrace.  At the very least.  

      Today, I watched the Herblock documentary.  (Herbert Lawrence Block, commonly known as Herblock, was an American editorial cartoonist and author best known for his commentary on national domestic and foreign policy from a liberal perspective.  -Wikipedia)

      He said this:  (on Watergate heightening the standard of morality in public office)

      "I believe Watergate succeeded in numbing public perception of morality to a point where anything less than impeachment of a President fails to around outrage.
      The worst form of corruption is, acceptance of corruption.  It doesn't need to be a Watergate.  Dishonesty is dishonesty.  Scandals are scandals.  Corruption is corruption.

      The fact that a public official can stay out of jail does not justify keeping them in office."

      This guy, Grimm, should be out.  Now.  No lunches, no apology, no respect, no power.  

      I agree with Fordmandalay, why would that reporter tolerate this treatment?  

  •  Stage the conflict for ratings & charges (4+ / 0-)
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    I thought it was interesting to contrast the response NBC gave to the segment where its weatherman defended himself with a knee to the groin area of a casual, but nevertheless actual, assailant and the way that Congressman Grimm's assault and threats were treated.  My first inclination would not be to challenge Congressman Grimm, but to stand up to him and try to get him to give a response to the question that provoked him.  Grimm's reaction only made the question more newsworthy; an escalation of that conflict would have been the lead story across every broadcast in the country.  

    Letting Grimm initiate whatever combat might ensue, somewhat along the lines of the weatherman simply raising his knee, and record the whole thing makes the event front page stuff.  The risk of a punch is real, but death is quite unlikely.  A Congressman trying to throw a reporter over the railing is going to be stopped by someone.   The newsman's job was, after all, to get sound and video that captures the public's attention and in this case, informs the public about one of its elected officials.  Think what a punch on camera would have done for Grimm's career, and for the reporter's.

  •  My Daughter Is A TV News Producer (16+ / 0-)

    Several times when she told me she was going out to cover teabaggers or gun nuts I say, "Great I'll meet you there."
    I stand with her & behind the camera & reporter. Me: 6'6" 260 lb., `baggers & nutz: much calmer & respectful.

  •  Well.... (3+ / 0-)

    First, I HATE bullies.  Was bullied when I was a kid and more recently by some bosses.  Not a good thing.
    And the kid-glove PC handling of a bully does nothing (unfortunately the boss bullying thing is really, really hard to deal with, it makes the entire work aspect hell, with very little recourse for the employee....we've tried everything).
    I really don't condone fighting or reciprocal bullying, but ya know what....sometimes the only thing a mean-spirited swaggering, vicious bully understands is someone who will stand up to him/her.  And the diarist is correct, once that happens, watch the bully run.

    I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

    by Lilyvt on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 07:09:04 AM PST

  •  Umm...I like it! The threat of violence with (0+ / 0-)

    the threat of violence.  Always works out good.  Keeping one's head while confronting a threat is highly overrated.  

    If I comply with non-compliance am I complying?

    by thestructureguy on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 07:19:34 AM PST

  •  And, if you had a gun. . . (1+ / 0-)
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    . . . you could have just shot him and claimed you were "standing your ground".

    I am not advocating this response.

  •  Was there a cameraman there? (2+ / 0-)
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    From the video, if there was someone operating the camera (as opposed to the reporter setting up the camera on a tripod and letting it run), then he did a piss-poor job of running it. I don't recall the camera moving at any point to follow the action.

  •  I wish you were too n/t (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Don't worry. (3+ / 0-)
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    "I'll throw you off a balcony" looks like it already becoming a meme.

    Constant and unrelenting mockery can be far more effective than any direct confrontation.

  •  I understand the impulse... (5+ / 0-)

    I was once a broadcast and print journalist myself and had a few fantasies about taking on an interview subject...

    But with all respect, that's nuts.

    First, it's hard to imagine this turning out worse for Grimm and the GOP than it has under these exact circumstances.

    Second, I don't care how many weights you lift, if you take a swing at a Member of Congress inside the U.S. Capitol, you lose. There are hundreds of uniformed and plain clothes law enforcement around for an event like the SOTU. And they lift weights and have guns and tasers and such.

    The thing that bothers me the most about this episode is that Grimm revealed a lot about himself by noting the reporter was slight of frame--"a boy" not a man.

    What kind of pathetic shit-heel thinks like this? A freaking Member of Congress? Are you kidding me?

    You think any employer doing a pre-hire screening would bring this clown aboard if they found this display all over social media?

    But he has a seat in Congress. Ugh.


  •  would have liked the reporter to contine (1+ / 0-)
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    questioning - maybe first with a justifiable, & loud, comment - "If you were a real man, you'd stand up & answer the question." And, a follow up - "Are you on steroids?"

    Maybe there was a risk of bodily harm, but I don't think he would have wound up over the balcony. And what a law suit!

    "Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." - Isaac Asimov

    by greenotron on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 10:09:34 AM PST

  •  What matters now is just what his colleagues will (1+ / 0-)
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    do to reprimand him.  If not his colleagues, then the rule of law.

    "It's only the giving, that makes what you are." - Ian Anderson

    by LamontCranston on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 10:17:13 AM PST

  •  My brother met the reporter Michael Scotto once... (3+ / 0-)
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    super nice guy, it's not surprising he would be so classy after what this buffoon (Sad, Pathetic) Grimm did ... better to focus on what Grimey did that to make reporter the focus if Scotto had kicked Grimey's small ballsack in.

    Had the guy who shot Romney's 47% video reveled himself during the election then he - and not Romney's remarks - would have been the focus of the story by the media stooges -  just like how they focused on the guy who outed George W.'s drunk driving stop rather than Bush's behavior.

  •   "Mr. Grimm, are you going on the record (5+ / 0-)

    as threatening violence to a member of the press?"

    "Would you say that this is an attempt to physically intimidate a reporter?"

    "Can I take your belligerent response as an admission that you have no unincriminating answer to my questions?"

    "Oh, touch me in anger, please. Baby needs new shoes."

    We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

    by bmcphail on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:27:45 AM PST

  •  I wanted more from NY1 (1+ / 0-)
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    The news channel should have gone non-stop with the questions that Scotto could have, would have asked the Congressman.

    The anchors should have been repeating every half hour the probing questions about financial irregularities that make Congressman Grimm so tense.

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