New York Congressman Michael Grimm last week provided the kind of material that makes print and broadcast staffers lick their chops: dynamic, threatening words by a politician to a reporter --- who veered off track from the intended discussion on the president’s State of the Union address, points out Grumpy Editor.
Heavy coverage of Grimm extended several days after the irritated congressman, the only Republican representing a significant portion of New York City, told NY1 cable reporter Michael Scotto at the Capitol Rotunda that “I’ll break you in half”…and “I’ll throw you off this f-----g balcony.”
Grimm said for Scotto to ask about a federal investigation into campaign finances --- in which he has not been charged with a crime --- as part of that interview was a “cheap shot.”
Grimm later apologized, saying he had "lost his cool."
Background factors for his actions media overlooked: Grimm, a businessman and attorney, spent eight years on Marine Corps active duty and as a reservist. He was involved in the Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Among his awards was the combat action ribbon. He later worked as an FBI agent for nine years.
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