Video: GOP Congressman goes Dolph Lundgren at reporter

posted at 8:41 am on January 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s just get this out of the way, shall we? Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) offered a response to the State of the Union speech to NY-1, which sounds like business as usual — except that a probe has begun into Grimm’s campaign finances, which so far is both unresolved and not directly connected to Grimm himself. Under those circumstances, though, NY-1 thought it would be a good time to not just provide Grimm with a platform for his response, but also to ask him about the investigation.

Grimm disagreed … emphatically. And in one of the biggest boneheaded moves in politics in recent memory, he disagreed emphatically by threatening the reporter with violence while the camera was still rolling:

“So Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances,” Scotto said before tossing back to the station. But as the camera continued to roll, Grimm walked back up to Scotto and began speaking to him in a low voice.

“What?” Scotto responded. “I just wanted to ask you…”

Grimm: “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f—–g balcony.”

Scotto: “Why? I just wanted to ask you…”

[[cross talk]]

Grimm: “If you ever do that to me again…”

Scotto: “Why? Why? It’s a valid question.”

[[cross talk]]

Grimm: “No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”

Needless to say, NY-1 wants an apology, but Grimm so far thinks he was entirely justified:

Grimm later issued a statement saying he was “extremely annoyed” with Scotto and doubted he was the “first member of Congress to tell off a reporter.”

NY1 political director Bob Hardt demanded a “full apology” from Grimm.

Is that how it works? You find someone “extremely annoying,” and that means you can threaten to throw them off balconies and break them in half “like a boy”? (Where did Grimm get that metric, anyway?) That might work really well in professional wrestling, where Grimm might see his career path leading after this incident, but in politics it’s usually considered bad form. And uttering these threats into a live microphone while the reporter’s camera is broadcasting back to the studio is nothing short of idiotic.

Next year, let’s just have one Republican response, please.


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Mitt should’ve said that to Candy at the 2nd debate.

Doughboy on January 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

It’s New York, the Land of Aholes.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Grimm was grim.

rickv404 on January 29, 2014 at 8:44 AM

So sad that this is the nearest thing I get to a Republican (ok, not my district but further out in Brooklyn and over in Staten Island). I’m supposed to care if a Democrat has that seat or a Republican who opposed the shutdown? Grimm and Peter King depress me…

ParisParamus on January 29, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Michael Grimm, time for you to go…

JohnGalt23 on January 29, 2014 at 8:45 AM

You tell ‘em Ed! Another hill!!

DanMan on January 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Good. I hope that more congressmen do that, and actually do it at times.

It’s good enough for the Clintons and Obama, why not let the rest of us do it.

UODuckMan on January 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Grimm and his 29% Heritage conservative rating won’t be a huge loss.

http://www.heritageactionscorecard.com/members/member/G000569

Right Wingnut on January 29, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Unfortunately, all the talk, and it gets the head off Obama.

Smooth move, Grimm.

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Who are you? Who are you?

blammm on January 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Given that the press has become nothing more than shills for the fascist-Dems, and let’s say the Republican in question doesn’t have any involvement whatsoever in campaign violations – I’m totally for seeing a reporter get his @ss kicked.

There have been too many soft-balls thrown at the Dem rep and stupid shenanigans pulled on a conservative rep for me to believe otherwise.

I think we need to find a few real reporters or we should start handing out broken noses.

Turtle317 on January 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I remember when this guy won his seat…I think
Greta interviewed him….came across right away
as an Arrogant slimeball…

..yeah, sometimes First impressions ARE correct..

ToddPA on January 29, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Let’s just get this out of the way, shall we?
============================================

Lol!!!

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Its high time, that GOP’Rs stop being Ambushed by the DNC/MSM!!

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

From MJ,..the DNC/AmbushyReporter:

Tweets All / No replies

Morning Joe ‏@Morning_Joe 1m

“He did not touch me but he did seem angry,” @mikescotto on Michael Grimm #morningjoe
==================

Morning Joe ‏@Morning_Joe 6m

.@mikescotto responds to threats from Michael Grimm, says he won’t take legal action: http://on.msnbc.com/1iKXSY8 #morningjoe
=======================================================

Morning Joe 01/29/14
TV reporter responds to threats from GOP rep.
NY1 reporter Michael Scotto joins Morning Joe to discuss what happened when GOP Rep. Michael Grimm threatened him Tuesday night after the president’s State of the Union.

http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/tv-reporter-responds-to-threats-from-gop-rep-129960003864

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Meh. I guess he should have made sure the camera was off.

forest on January 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM

New Yawk baby!

The dumbest thing about this is that it was an empty threat. He wasn’t going to throw him off the balcony. One of the most basic lessons in life: Never issue a threat you know you won’t make good on.

WhatSlushfund on January 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Good riddance.

“Ted Cruz and others like him have been writing checks with their mouth that their votes can’t cash, and, you know, I think now they have to put up or shut up,” Grimm (R-N.Y.) said on MSNBC’s “Jansing and Co.” on Friday. “

“When you have Sen. Cruz and others constantly going out there on every show imaginable and running ads that we can defund Obamacare, I think that hurts the Republican Party,” Grimm said. “I think this is an opportunity to maybe start putting an end to that and having maybe a unification of the Republican Party. … We have some things we need to work out among the far arch-conservative right wing of our party, and I think this is part of that process, as painful as it is.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/michael-grimm-ted-cruz-obamacare-97121.html

Right Wingnut on January 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM

I give it until noon before the entire LSM is describing Michael Grimm as “Republican party standard bearer” and “leading Republican Congressman”.

SoRight on January 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

New Yawk baby!

The dumbest thing about this is that it was an empty threat. He wasn’t going to throw him off the balcony. One of the most basic lessons in life: Never issue a threat you know you won’t make good on.

WhatSlushfund on January 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Yeah, he lost his composure. The Regime knows how to threaten people and get results. Do it in private and make it something that’s plausible. O-care wouldn’t be the Law Of the Land without the proper application of threats, but it’s tough to prove.

forest on January 29, 2014 at 9:02 AM

It’s good enough for the Clintons and Obama, why not let the rest of us do it.

UODuckMan on January 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM

In what bizarro world do you live in? When did Obama threaten a reporter with violence?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Tough guy. Too bad he doesn’t have the discipline to control his frustration.

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

O-care wouldn’t be the Law Of the Land without the proper application of threats, but it’s tough to prove.
I have no proof that Obama uses threats of violence, but I’m just going to accuse him anyway, for the fun.
forest on January 29, 2014 at 9:02 AM

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Another liberal infiltrator of the Republican Party…you will know them by their fruits.

29% conservative voting record? Good riddance.

Alinsky on January 29, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Speaking of making threats:

Angel Rankinposted toSarah Palin
November 1, 2012 at 3:44pm ·
***************************

“After we win this election, it’s our turn.

Payback time.

Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget.

The ones who helped us will be rewarded,

the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve.

There is going to be hell to pay.

Congress won’t be a problem for us this time.

No election to worry about after this is over

and we have two judges ready to go.”

Valerie Jarret http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/11/01/valerie-jarret-after-we-win-this-election-its-our-turn-payback-time-wsi/

Valerie Jarret – “After We Win This Election, It’s Our Turn. Payback Time.” (WSI) – The Ulsterman.
theulstermanreport.com
Openly declared as “Obama’s Brain”, and the figure whose second story West Wing office has been described by political insiders as the true Oval Office of

https://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/422038854517726

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

So I’m confused. Is the “foul” telling off the reporter or doing it while the camera was still running? And why is the night of the SOTU an appropriate time and place to try to get a statement about “allegations?”

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Soright…. it’ll start earlier….

cmsinaz on January 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

In what bizarro world do you live in? When did Obama threaten a reporter with violence?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Why would Obama ever have to threaten a reporter? They work in his service. Except those crazies at FNC who need to be watched very closely.

forest on January 29, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Tough guy. Too bad he doesn’t have the discipline to control his frustration.

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Hey, when the slimeball reporter looks like he puts on his onesie, brews up a cup of chai, and talks about Obamacare with his friends……

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM

nd why is the night of the SOTU an appropriate time and place to try to get a statement about “allegations?”

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

So even if we agree that it was somehow inappropriate (which its not) the proper response is to threaten violence? How odd Happy Nomad, you’re so willing to call even the slightest bit of aggression from Dem voters “thuggish.” And here you are defending the most thuggish behavior I’ve seen from an elected official in a very long time.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Exactly, they are good at threatening people.

forest on January 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Mitt should’ve said that to Candy at the 2nd debate.

Doughboy on January 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

I know this is wrong but why am I wishing that more Republicans treated reporters this way, especially the little weasels over at MSNBC.

Fallon on January 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Richard Sherman is apparently worthy of the label thuggish in the mind of conservatives….wonder why……

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:10 AM

He needs to resign.

NotCoach on January 29, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I know this is wrong but why am I wishing that more Republicans treated reporters this way, especially the little weasels over at MSNBC.

Fallon on January 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Because you’re a massive hypocrite, who will call the Obama Administration thuggish while wishing for Republicans to threaten reporters doing their jobs with bodily harm.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Obama referred to himself 74 times in a speech that was supposed to be about the state of the union. Is a Congressman who speaks tough to a slimeball reporter really all that important in the grand scheme of things?

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

He’s from New York. If he had been a Democrat, Grimm would have gained some street cred and his poll numbers would have gone through the roof.

GT on January 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

I’d recommend you don’t venture too close to any balcony railings yourself. It’s time to stop being nice to the enemy.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 9:13 AM

What happened in Happy Nomad’s childhood that he/she can’t distinguish from an illegal threat of violence and speaking with authority, strength and dignity.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Richard Sherman is apparently worthy of the label thuggish in the mind of conservatives….wonder why……

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Because he wears the number 25?

John C. Calhoun Jr. refuses to address the following. I wonder why?

Here’s a simple question for you. Which of the founding fathers did not subscribe to the communitarian ethos Calhoun deploys to rationalize slavery? *sets sundial*

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

None. They weren’t nascent Commies like John C. Calhoun, and full blown Commies like you. Don’t you think you need to provide some proof for such a ridiculous smear there Mr. Calhoun? You’re a history perfesser, right?

NotCoach on August 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Oh dear God….hold on, give me 10 minutes.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

NotCoach on January 29, 2014 at 9:13 AM

In what bizarro world do you live in? When did Obama threaten a reporter with violence? libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

“I’m really good at killing people,” -0b00ba.

Granted, it was not directed at reporters.

Akzed on January 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM

He’s from New York. If he had been a Democrat, Grimm would have gained some street cred and his poll numbers would have gone through the roof.

GT on January 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Or the Republican being pushed as the future of the GOP by the left-wing media. Chris Christie is a outright bully and the media loves him for it because it fits their narrative.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM

I’d recommend you don’t venture too close to any balcony railings yourself. It’s time to stop being nice to the enemy.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 9:13 AM

*snort* OK boo. I’ll make sure to look out for balcony railings. I know your agents are everywhere. Ha! What a sad little man/woman.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Actually, what this shows is a cozy relationship between the media and politicians. Grimm was expecting his buddy to ask him about one thing and got something else.

It was clear they’re very familiar with each other. This wasn’t some random guy with a mic that Grimm has never seen.

ButterflyDragon on January 29, 2014 at 9:15 AM

It was clear they’re very familiar with each other. This wasn’t some random guy with a mic that Grimm has never seen.

ButterflyDragon on January 29, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Yeah it was a very intimate moment. My first thought was “trade.”

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Mitt should’ve said that to Candy at the 2nd debate.

Doughboy on January 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

I can’t imagine anyone with enough strength to follow through on that threat to Candy.

Mark Boabaca on January 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Lawrence O’Donnell challenge Romney’s son to a fight using a ridiculous Boston accent in 2012 and Bill Clinton got all up in Chris Wallace’s grill once and started tapping his knee and the lefties swooned like school girls.
And since we are talking about it this seems no different than a thousand unhinged rants by Ed Schultz.

NeoKong on January 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

In what bizarro world do you live in? When did Obama threaten a reporter with violence?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

What he did say was…”if you bring a knife, we bring a gun”

And then of course Obama has the advantage he has the IRS and Eric Holder to investigate and to be his attack dogs…

The mafia boss never “makes the hit”…

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

*snort* OK boo. I’ll make sure to look out for balcony railings. I know your agents are everywhere. Ha! What a sad little man/woman.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Psst, watch out for self inflicted wounds as well.

Here’s a simple question for you. Which of the founding fathers did not subscribe to the communitarian ethos Calhoun deploys to rationalize slavery? *sets sundial*

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

None. They weren’t nascent Commies like John C. Calhoun, and full blown Commies like you. Don’t you think you need to provide some proof for such a ridiculous smear there Mr. Calhoun? You’re a history perfesser, right?

NotCoach on August 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Oh dear God….hold on, give me 10 minutes.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

NotCoach on January 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Dude came off like a thuggish jackass, but I’ll defer to the voters of his district on the question of whether he should remain in office.

flipflop on January 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

In what bizarro world do you live in? When did Obama threaten a reporter with violence?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

libfreeordie:Here ye go:
========================

N.Y. Times editorial board: Obama administration threatening press freedom
By DYLAN BYERS |
5/22/13 8:25 AM EDT
*********************

The New York Times editorial board has condemned the Obama administration

for threatening press freedom

in the wake of revelations that the Justice Dept. seized phone records belonging to Fox News reporter James Rosen.

“With the decision to label a Fox News television reporter a possible ‘co-conspirator’ in a criminal investigation of a news leak,

the Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets

to threatening fundamental freedoms

of the press to gather news,” the board wrote in an editorial published on Wednesday.
(More….)
===========

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/05/ny-times-editorial-board-obama-administration-threatening-164544.html

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

I can’t imagine anyone with enough strength to follow through on that threat to Candy.

Mark Boabaca on January 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Not without telling her to wait right there while he gets a forklift anyway.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Dude came off like a thuggish jackass, but I’ll defer to the voters of his district on the question of whether he should remain in office.

flipflop on January 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Which means he stays in office…

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 9:18 AM

In what bizarro world do you live in? When did Obama threaten a reporter with violence?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

He wouldn’t get his hands dirty. He’s got peeps for that.

Hudson said she wants to let her sources know that they may have been exposed.

“Part of the reason I’m coming forward with this is I’m scared to contact them,” she said. “I’m terrified to contact them. … I’ve got to let these guys know somehow.”

Fallon on January 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Do you know what the word “violence” means?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

In what bizarro world do you live in? When did Obama threaten a reporter with violence?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

A reporter? No.

Just people who don’t agree with him.

Mark Boabaca on January 29, 2014 at 9:22 AM

And how long did it take the MSM and the Dems to denounce Weiner and his ranting and raving after he dropped out of the race and was constantly getting in reporters faces? Oh sorry, they haven’t done it yet.

Pot meet Kettle.

Johnnyreb on January 29, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Because you’re a massive hypocrite, who will call the Obama Administration thuggish while wishing for Republicans to threaten reporters doing their jobs with bodily harm.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Nah, I said it was wrong. It’s funny how the right and left are held to different standards. And, in your projection, did you just call Obama a thug? Might want to clean up your language. That is a no-no now according to the PC police.

Fallon on January 29, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Piss poor behavior by Grimm. I don’t care whether he is a Republican or not — threatening a reporter with bodily harm for asking questions is unacceptable.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on January 29, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Richard Sherman is apparently worthy of the label thuggish in the mind of conservatives….wonder why……

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Quite a few conservatives were defending him like Eric Boling, Ed M. and Drew from AOSHQ. Mostly guys who understand sports. Meanwhile some liberals were pretty harsh on Sherman. I didn’t see a partisan divide on that dust-up at all.

forest on January 29, 2014 at 9:23 AM

In what bizarro world do you live in? When did Obama threaten a reporter with violence?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

He wouldn’t get his hands dirty. He’s got peeps for that.

Fallon on January 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM

And the NSA. And the IRS. And the FBI.

Pinochet, Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, the Kims of North Korea. They don’t have to get involved with physical violence of their enemies. Unless, you know, they do it for “fun” like putting their uncle in a cage with a pack of starving dogs.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 9:25 AM

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Do you know what the word “violence” means?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

libfreeordie: Yes,..Liberal Protest Rally,..or,..March!!

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Next year, let’s just have one Republican response, please.

Guess we now know how much we’ll be hearing about Mike Lee’s response here at HA.

Zilch.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Slave you were missed on all the 0Care threads. I understand being selective about which threads one might comment on. Yours however is a pattern everyone here understands. You are a race baiting hypocrite, yet you think folks here should pay attention to your opinions on everything else. It doesn’t work that way.

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Quite a few conservatives were defending him like Eric Boling, Ed M. and Drew from AOSHQ. Mostly guys who understand sports. Meanwhile some liberals were pretty harsh on Sherman. I didn’t see a partisan divide on that dust-up at all.

forest on January 29, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Brainfree isn’t interested in anything honest or truthful, only obnoxious stereotypes will do for him.

NotCoach on January 29, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Mitt should’ve said that to Candy at the 2nd debate.

Doughboy on January 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

I can’t imagine anyone with enough strength to follow through on that threat to Candy.

Mark Boabaca on January 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

And if someone did, that would result in one hell of an earthquake.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Do you know what the word “violence” means?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Yes. In the dictionary under “violence” is a picture of Jim Moran.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Because you’re a massive hypocrite, who will call the Obama Administration thuggish while wishing for Republicans to threaten reporters doing their jobs with bodily harm.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Agreed. It’s like voting for two guys who said “typical white person” and “first clean and articulate black guy” while simultaneously excoriating anonymous commenters on a blog for supposedly being racist.

Can you imagine being that hypocritical? I mean that’s like uber-douchebag hypocrite, see what I’m sayin’?

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Think any other reporter will ever try to unfairly ambush Grimm again?

Yeah- me neither.

I hope he doesn’t apologize. At least until NY1 asks Chuck Schumer about his past campaign finance irregularities or maybe what he has actually done, substantially for NY.

I wouldn’t apologize either. It’s about time we let people know where the line is for such blatant dishonesty.

Marcus Traianus on January 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM

What a loser. Yeah, the media blows, but if you’re a Republican and can’t handle tough questions (cause you know that’s all you’re going to get) you’ve got no business in office in the first place.

changer1701 on January 29, 2014 at 9:37 AM

This is just beyond the pale and downright offensive, but not the least bit surprising. There are a lot of jacka$$es in DC, from both parties. I doubt there will ever be any consequences for his actions, some of his colleagues are probably giving him an attaboy.

scalleywag on January 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Somebody is just a bit cranky about his [half-]Black Jesus being criticized the day after the Selfie of the Union.

Jeddite on January 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Nearly all of the Jersey shore cast is from Staten Island. So there’s that…….

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

I wouldn’t apologize either. It’s about time we let people know where the line is for such blatant dishonesty.

Marcus Traianus on January 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM

So we shouldn’t ask reporters when evidence surfaces of shady finances? Or just never ask Republicans if evidence surfaces of shady finances. Why not just have Congress critters protected by Beyonce’s security squad 24-7. “No questions, please! No questions.”

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Rep. Michael Grimm threatens reporter
41s
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NY1 reporter says he was ‘taken aback’ when Rep. Michael Grimm, R-NY, confronted him: ‘I’m not taking it personally. I’m not frightened by it’ – @NYDailyNews
read more on nydailynews.com
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http://www.nydailynews.com/ny1-reporter-michael-scotto-frightened-article-1.1595067?utm_content=buffera3a41&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

[Right Wingnut on January 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM]

I was fine with what Grimm said until I saw your comment.

Ted Cruz and Ron Paul are going after our Democrat opponents and here’s another a$$hole Republican who, like King and Boehner, keep spending their time attacking Republicans. I get another one of these kinds of posts from Ed and I’m adding him to the latter list, too.

Cruz had another good one attacking our opponents which Insty highlighted: “Obama doesn’t need a pen; he needs and eraser.”

Dusty on January 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

So we shouldn’t ask reporters when evidence surfaces of shady finances? Or just never ask Republicans if evidence surfaces of shady finances. Why not just have Congress critters protected by Beyonce’s security squad 24-7. “No questions, please! No questions.”

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Hey brainfree (AKA John C. Calhoun Jr.), you can threaten to limp wrist me off a balcony until the unicorns come home, but I won’t stop demanding a response to the following mental vomit.

Here’s a simple question for you. Which of the founding fathers did not subscribe to the communitarian ethos Calhoun deploys to rationalize slavery? *sets sundial*

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

None. They weren’t nascent Commies like John C. Calhoun, and full blown Commies like you. Don’t you think you need to provide some proof for such a ridiculous smear there Mr. Calhoun? You’re a history perfesser, right?

NotCoach on August 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Oh dear God….hold on, give me 10 minutes.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

NotCoach on January 29, 2014 at 9:44 AM

MIKEY SUITS!

Y’all never met the douche Scotto. Believe me, throwing him off the balcony would only be a half-assed mental correction.

TC@LeatherPenguin on January 29, 2014 at 9:45 AM

What happened in Happy Nomad’s childhood that he/she can’t distinguish from an illegal threat of violence and speaking with authority, strength and dignity.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:13 AM

What happened to the question mark at the end of your sentence. Besides, where is the “speaking with authority, strength and dignity” part that Happy is supposed to relate to? (Notice the question mark at the end of a sentence that asks a question. That’s how it’s done.)

HiJack on January 29, 2014 at 9:46 AM

After dealing with reporters during Katrina -after being flat-out blackmailed by them- and seeing their antics in theater the only regrettable thing here is that Grimm let himself be recorded doing this.

Ambush journalism, the willingness to edit to convey inaccurate context, the threats of negative reportage to gain access- well, I’m all for aggressive reporting but don’t whine like a b***h when the pushback comes.

M240H on January 29, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Who is this guy and who cares? The boorish behavior of New Yorkers is old news. I suppose it does allow libfree the opportunity to manifest his hypocrisy but that’s old news too.

Vince on January 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

So we shouldn’t ask reporters when evidence surfaces of shady finances? Or just never ask Republicans if evidence surfaces of shady finances. Why not just have Congress critters protected by Beyonce’s security squad 24-7. “No questions, please! No questions.”

Why continue trying to burn their dishonest strawmen? Has politeness and courtesy stopped their dishonesty? Rhetorically, no- its only emboldened their assault on democracy and fairness.

When the media chases Democrats with equal zealousness, you let me know.

Otherwise, extraordinary measures are warranted. Apparently that is all they understand.

Marcus Traianus on January 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Maybe Grimm is actually a Grimm, and the reporter was a Hexenbiest.

http://grimm.wikia.com/wiki/Wesen

Reno_Dave on January 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

With about five exceptions, “journalists” (a term I use loosely) are like lawyers. The only good one is a dead one.

bw222 on January 29, 2014 at 9:52 AM

He wouldn’t get his hands dirty. He’s got peeps for that.

Fallon on January 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Of course. We went through a rash of stories a little while back about his peeps threatening reporters over the phone for stories that were published. IIRC, even Bob Woodward noted he was threatened.

But go way way back to the his early days where they locked that reporter in a storage closet because they didn’t want him at an Obama appearance.

Dusty on January 29, 2014 at 9:53 AM

You tell ‘em Ed! Another hill!!

DanMan on January 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM

For Establishment Republicans, there’s always “another hill” and it doesn’t matter how much damage is done to the country in the meantime. The important thing is don’t get your clothes dirty.

It appears the House GOP is about to cave on amnesty (which Ed supports) and the debt ceiling increase. Always wear white undies just in case you lose your surrender flag.

bw222 on January 29, 2014 at 9:59 AM

This is what we end up with when we elect anybody with an (R) after their name, since character and principle no longer matter in this utilitarian quest to just, “win” power for the GOP.
Throw them all out.

Thanks Ed for not covering up the trashy behavior of our own guys.

Don L on January 29, 2014 at 9:59 AM

So it begins… the GOP war on boys… /sarc

Bradky on January 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

In what bizarro world do you live in? When did Obama threaten a reporter with violence?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Oh look; clueless tw*t is clueless. Again.

Midas on January 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

I’m sure that the reporter has a girlfriend and a mom.

The GOP war on women just keeps on rolling.

mid_aged_man on January 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

What leftarded drama queens like libfreeliveenslavedordie also consider potentially dangerous:

Boy, 7, suspended from school for ‘shaping breakfast pastry into gun’

and

Pennsylvania girl, 5, suspended for threatening to shoot girl with Hello Kitty gun that blows soap bubbles

and


Florida boy, 8, suspended from school after using finger as imaginary gun

PS libfreeliveenslavedordie sees racism in the usage of “boy,” but not “girl,” above

Anti-Control on January 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

This report is from a NYC station, which also covers New Jersey. Think he would ask Senator Menendez (D-NJ) about his many ethical problems? Think I will be the starting right fielder for the Tigers this season?

bw222 on January 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Heck, I’m good with it. It’s time the press is called out, pointed at, and maybe even roughed up a little. They are pathetic and I don’t want to hear anything even resembling “We’re better than that.”. This is war and so far there are too few fighting it.

BetseyRoss on January 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

It’s New York. This is the way we talk to each other. Nothing out of the ordinary.

carson53 on January 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

No doubt the tea party “extremists” will be held responsible for the violent, overheated rhetoric of a radical no labels “centrist”.

fitzfong on January 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Alright, honestly, who hasn’t wanted to push a reporter off a balcony?

portlandon on January 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Can’t say it’s a great big deal. The reporter was being smarmy on a very busy night, asking for a SOTU response at a time when the Congressman obviously had very little time to spare, then trying to sneak in questions about accusations that haven’t been linked directly to the Congressman, then making snide comments about how the Congressman “didn’t want to answer questions” when he had made it clear he had no time for it.

So I can understand Grimm getting ticked off. Obviously, the rest of his response was pure stupid, but it was at least provoked.

If he goes, would anyone really miss him all that much?

Maybe Grimm is actually a Grimm, and the reporter was a Hexenbiest.


http://grimm.wikia.com/wiki/Wesen

Reno_Dave on January 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

The Congressman does kind of look like a Grimm. But I would think a Hexenbiest would look a bit more threatening

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

It’s New York. This is the way we talk to each other. Nothing out of the ordinary.

carson53 on January 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I concur. This is how we be when we’re in a good mood. Imagine how we talk when we’re really angry…

JetBoy on January 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Alright, honestly, who hasn’t wanted to push a reporter off a balcony?

portlandon on January 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Yeah, that’s where we are in this country. We see something stupid and over the top like this threatened against a reporter, and find ourselves sympathizing — with a RINO.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Have you seen the reporter? I would want to break the guy in half for just breathing. He is a wimp and a “metro-sexual”.

davidcaskey on January 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

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