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Reporter Punched in Face for Tweets

nainanUnknownThis might be the most spectacular thing to happen to Washington journalism in modern times.

On Wednesday night Daily Beast foreign policy reporter Josh Rogin (above left) was socked in the face for trash tweeting comedian Dan Nainan at the D.C. Improv. The comedian (above right) was arrested in the incident.

The event was the semi-annual “Funniest Celebrity in Washington” contest. Not so funny, right? (Well, actually, it’s still a little funny.)

WaPo reported the news at 12:17 a.m. Thursday morning. U.S. News & World Report beat them to the punch [insert laughter track here] by at least an hour.

Will this stop the relatively mild-mannered Rogin from writing what he pleases in the future?

Rogin told FishbowlDC…rogin2“One or two sucker punches can’t stop the truth from getting out, Dan Nainan is just not that funny,” Rogin said by email. He added, “Seriously though, it’s a shame that a charity event was interrupted by such nonsense. The attention should be on Pension Rights Center and the Foundation for the Education and the Rebirth of Haiti, two worthy causes.”

Uh oh. Might there be another punch in Rogin’s future?

roginAs reported by WaPo, Nainan was arrested for assaulting the reporter, who made a few cracks about what he felt was Nainan’s stale routine. The charge: “simple assault.” According to WaPo‘s story, National Journal‘s Elahe Azadi witnessed the incident and was able to confirm Rogin’s account.

As for his injuries, the reporter will live to tweet another day.

Note to CNN’s Reliable Sources: Something like this could certainly spice up your Sunday show.

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