posted on Jan, 29 2014 @ 05:27 AM
Rep. Michael Grimm, R-New York, threatened a reporter who asked him a question about his illegal fundraising during his 2010 campaign.
It started when Grimm, who's under investigation by the Justice Department for illegal fundraising during his 2010 campaign, walked away from
an on-camera interview about the State of the Union after the reporter, Michael Scotto, tried to ask him questions about the allegations.
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With the camera still rolling, Grimm surges toward the reporter, who appears visibly surprised.
The second-term congressman, who's also a former Marine and former FBI agent, spoke aggressively to Scotto for about 20 seconds.
NY1 broadcast the confrontation, though it bleeped out the obscenities.
"Let me be clear to you: If you ever do that to me again, I'll throw you off this f***ing balcony," Grimm said.
Scotto replied that he was just trying to ask "a valid question."
"No, no. You're not man enough, you're not man enough. I'll break you in half, like a boy," Grimm replied.
This reporter was doing his job by reporting alleged criminal activity by a congressional rep that we as tax payers voted into office. He felt he
wasn't given the "respect" by the reporter because he wasn't asked a question related to Obama's speech in which he had a planned response.
This is a perfect example of how government officials force the hand of journalists. Government officials only want to be interviewed on subject
matter they're prepared to answer. Everything else is off the table. When a young reporter has the guts to step outside the box and ask the tough
questions, our "professional" congressman panics and threatens the reporter with bodily harm. The last thing our representatives deserve is our
respect, considering they have allowed the constitutional rights of Americans to be trampled upon by this and previous administrations. They serve
us, we don't bow down to them and expect them to dictate what questions can legitimately be asked by the press, who are expected to protect the
public from government officials who over step their authority.
American's and especially the people of NY should be outraged at the behavior of this elected official. This incident clearly shows the strong armed
government tactics against the press that happen way to often behind the scenes.