Media Relations Pro Tip: If you are going to threaten to throw a reporter off a balcony (a move we don’t recommend) don’t do it on camera.
Congressman Michael Grimm apparently missed that lesson in media training. Last night he was happy to do a quick interview with local NY1 television about his reaction to the State of the Union speech. But the Congressman grimmed up when reporter Michael Scotto tried to ask a question about a controversy over campaign finances.
Grimm ended the interview — walked off and seconds later (apparently thinking that all recording had stopped) walked back into the frame to tell Scotto if he ever did anything like that he would “throw (him) off this f@@@ing balcony.” Grimm added at one point that he would break Scotto “like a boy.”
This is not Grimm’s first blush with reality. Back in October we wrote about he got into a fight with the N.Y. tabloids over allegations that he inappropriately performed constituent relations with a woman in a public bathroom.
Almost any Member of Congress would recognize that promising bodily harm to a reporter — on camera — is not a wise move and would quickly apologize. First reports, however, suggest that Grimm is portraying himself as the aggrieved party and that NY1 was insufficiently grateful for his time. We’ve seen this movie before and the outlook is Grimm.