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The Michael Grimm thing

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Moderator1, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member


    Let's talk about the action and keep politics out of it - how should something like this be handled, whether it is a politician or an athlete or any public figure?

    If this becomes a political thing, well, don't let it please. Be adults. Discuss the action. I have no clue if this guy is R or D or what. Well he is a D - for d-bag.
  2. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Former Marine & FBI agent.

    Scary to think about this guy having a badge and a gun.

    I have no idea who the reporter is, but when Grimm tells him he isn't "man enough" and that he will break him in half, like a "boy", it makes me wonder if perhaps these are anti-gay slurs.
  3. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    He also doubled down in a statement he put out.

    He was doing the reporter a "favor". He went "out of his way" for him and was upset he wasn't afforded the proper "professionalism and respect".

    Caleb Hannan appreciates the lack of a quasi-apology, or a non-apology apology.
  4. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Thuggish behavior?
  5. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member


    Fellow NY1 reporter coins the term Congressthug:

    Errol Louis ‏-- @errollouis

    Michael Grimm Threatens Reporter During Interview: http://politicker.com/?p=79860 via @politicker With transcript of what congressthug said.

  7. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    From what I read Grimm made it clear that he did not have a lot
    of time and would go on the discuss the SOU and that was it.
    Reporter knew this upfront but obviously did not adhere to agreed
    upon terms.

    Politicians higher in pecking order just threaten to withhold access.
  8. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    "Tune in to NY1, where we ask the tough questions our subjects approve beforehand!"
  9. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Right - "Tune in to MSNBC and watch us lob softball questions at your favorite politician."
  10. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    What you read was Grimm's explanation after the fact.

    Even if he is telling the truth-- and do you assume that given his behavior with the camera rolling? -- that isn't an excuse to physically and verbally threaten someone the way he did.

    As far as dealing with a reporter, he plays in the big leagues. There is no code of "adhering to agreed upon terms," when you are a Congressman. Especially when you are a Congressman who is embroiled in a campaign finance scandal. Either do interviews or don't. Answer the question about your campaign finance probe or decline to answer.

    But he made himself look like a clueless gorilla by handling it that way.
  11. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    He basically removed all doubt as to his guilt in the matter, that's for sure.

    As someone who's almost been attacked three times while reporting, I can say with some certainty that's not how innocent people act.
  12. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Even if the reporter agreed to terms and then reneged?
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