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What's worse than a member of Congress threatening bodily harm to a reporter?

Only one thing I can think of, and it's a twisted commentary on what the press has become in this country: the reporter refusing to file charges.

Who wants to lay odds on the reporter's "supervisor" threatening him with his job if he filed ANY charges against this self-entitled asshole?

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

    by lunachickie on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 08:44:29 AM PST

  •  If the reporter is the one to file charges (8+ / 0-)

    he becomes part of the story. By refusing to press charges he is free to continue to report and give his opinion on morning talk shows.
    What good would charges do?
    The reporter would immediately been gagged by his lawyer. The clip would be evidence and could have been made more difficult to disseminate.
    The clip was worth any legal trial and the court of public opinion has already given its verdict.

    "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

    by Cruzankenny on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 09:24:23 AM PST

    •  Could've, Should've, Would've (1+ / 0-)
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      Losty

      What we have now is license to do it again.

      And you can count on that happening.  

      This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

      by lunachickie on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 09:26:32 AM PST

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      •  Don't think so. (5+ / 0-)

        Grimm was already in pretty deep doo-doo before this incident - that's why he reacted to Scotto's question the way he did. Now he's in even deeper doo-doo, this having become a national story, and guess what? He has a credible, well-funded challenger.

        He also happens to be the only Republican in the entire NYC House delegation, which means that activists from all over the city are gunning for him.

        Don't worry about the reporter not pressing charges. NY1 may have its own plans for taking care of it, and in the meantime, Grimm has damaged himself yet again.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 09:49:10 AM PST

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        •  I do (0+ / 0-)

          First of all, Grimm's getting sued--or not--doesn't undo his "damaged goods" status.

          It also doesn't keep this from happening again. Assuming we'd ever even learn what NY1's "own plans" might actually consist of, if we were to simply assume that:

          NY1 may have its own plans for taking care of it,

          Think of it as "the slippery slope" you're slowly being conditioned to accept as "no big deal", this verbal abuse to the point of threatening reporters.

          Hell, before you know it, someone will chime in with a "well? It's not like reporters are as pure as the driven snow anyway..." thereby implying the reporter brought it on himself.

          This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

          by lunachickie on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 10:17:17 AM PST

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          •  I don't know that they are "accepting" (0+ / 0-)

            this yet, and neither do you. All we know is that the reporter individually hasn't pressed charges. Yet. He may be speaking with his lawyer, with NY1's lawyer, we don't know. I don't even know what the charges would be, given that Grimm never laid a finger on him.

            I'm willing to wait a day or two before accusing him/them of not squeezing the last drop out of a story that is already playing strongly to our advantage.

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 02:25:36 PM PST

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        •  To be absolutely clear (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not saying you have done any of that.

          This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

          by lunachickie on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 10:17:39 AM PST

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    •  Not to mention (0+ / 0-)

      he's already "part of the story". He can't inject himself any further by defending himself by legal means.  

      This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

      by lunachickie on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 10:22:44 AM PST

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  •  Too bad the guy folded. He was staring at 4 asses (4+ / 0-)

    with douches wild.

    Getting fired by NY1 for standing up for himself might just have been the superstar stamp on his resume.

    Righteousness is a wide path. Self-righteousness is a bullhorn and a blindfold.

    by Murphoney on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 09:36:38 AM PST

  •  Wow. (2+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell, paz3

    Even positing that the reason he's refusing to file charges is that he's frightened, and that that constitutes cowardice ... you're saying that such cowardice is worse than issuing death threats?  Seriously?

  •  Wow. (0+ / 0-)

    That's the best you can do in protest?

    you're saying that such cowardice is worse than issuing death threats?
    Right. Carry on...
     

    This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

    by lunachickie on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 02:36:55 PM PST

    •  No, seriously (0+ / 0-)

      I'm increasingly alarmed by the demonization of cowardice in American society.  The notion that protecting yourself by avoiding conflict is something contemptible is bad enough, but this?  Saying that it's worse than the actual threat of violence?

      Seriously, what the hell is that?

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