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Rep. Grimm Apologizes to NY1 Reporter For SOTU Interview Threat

grimm scotto confrontationRep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) has apologized to NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto for threatening to “throw [him] off this fucking balcony” after a post-State of the Union interview.

After issuing a statement about the incident that did not include an apology, Grimm called Scotto this morning and offered a “verbal apology,” NY1 reports. Scotto said Grimm apologized “a couple of times, and I accepted his apology.”

Grimm also issued a written statement: “I was wrong. I shouldn’t have allowed my emotions to get the better of me and lose my cool,” the statement reads. “I have apologized to Michael Scotto, which he graciously accepted, and will be scheduling a lunch soon. In the weeks and months ahead I’ll be working hard for my constituents on issues like flood insurance that is so desperately needed in my district post Sandy.”

New York Congressman Threatens Reporter After SOTU


After President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) threatened to throw NY1 reporter Michael Scotto off the balcony and “break him in half” for wanting to ask a question about allegations of wrongdoing concerning Grimm’s campaign finances.

During the interview Grimm refused to let Scotto ask his question, saying it was “off-topic.” But afterwards, while Scotto was wrapping up his report Grimm returned.

”Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f***ing balcony,” said Grimm. He then told Scotto he would break him in half, “like a boy.”

Scotto appeared on NBC’s “Today” show as well as CNN’s “New Day” this morning to talk about the confrontation.

Grimm issued a statement about the incident.

“I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.” Read more

Retransmission Fees and Blackouts Targeted in Two Separate Bills Before Congress

CableTVTwo bills introduced into Congress this week are taking aim at retransmission fees and blackouts.

The CHOICE or “Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment” Act, introduced by California Representatives Anna Eshoo (D) and Zoe Lofgren (D), would ask the FCC to force interim carriage of a TV station during a retrans negotiation impasse and would allow consumers to opt out of paying for TV stations that elect retransmission consent. You can read all five provisions after the jump.

The Next Generation Television Marketplace Act, re-introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise (R) is “a comprehensive video reform bill that repeals outdated laws including compulsory copyright licenses, eliminates various mandates on private sector companies and consumers, and removes certain FCC broadcast and media ownership rules.” Read more

Former Anchor Running for Tennessee State Legislature

howell_wdsiFormer WDSI anchor Dan Howell has announced plans to run for the Tennessee State House District 22 in 2014.

Howell started working at the Chattanooga, TN, FOX affiliate in 1994. For the past five years he has been executive assistant to Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis.

“I determined if I were ever given the opportunity to repay this community I would take it,” Howell said in a statement. “That is why I am announcing my campaign for State Representative.”

In 2002, Howell was named “Religion Reporter of the Year for Secular Media” by the Religion Newswriters of America.

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WATCH: It’s Local in North Korea. UK’s Channel 4 Shows North Korean TV News

If you think what’s going on in Washington, D.C. is kookaloo crazy, Britain’s Channel 4 is giving a rare look into everyone’s favorite government-by-cult-of-personality.

The British broadcaster is showing North Korean TV News on its website as part of an ongoing series called “North Korea Uncovered.” The news is accompanied by an English translation.

Check out the site by clicking here and don’t forget to praise the Dear Leader’s grace and kindness while you watch.

Pennsylvania Governor Sorry He Used Bad Gay Marriage Analogy in WHP Interview


When Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was on Harrisburg, PA, CBS affiliate WHP, he was asked in a taped segment on this morning’s 5:00 a.m. news about a comment one of his legal staff had made about gay marriage.

“There was a controversial remark made by a member of your legal team.” said anchor Sherry Christian. “Comparing gay marriage to the union of twelve-year-olds saying both are illegal.”

Corbett then confirmed with Christian that he called that remark inappropriate. “It was an inappropriate analogy,” said the Governor. “I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?”

To which anchor replied, “I don’t know. I’m going to leave the comments to you and your team.”

Later this morning the Governor issued this statement,

“During a recent interview, I was asked to comment on the ruling by Judge Pellegrini that the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts did not have the power to decide the constitutionality of state laws. My words were not intended to offend anyone. If they did, I apologize. I explained that current Pennsylvania statute delineates categories of individuals unable to obtain a marriage license. As an example, I cited siblings as one such category, which is clearly defined in state law. My intent was to provide an example of these categories. The constitutional question is now before a federal court and that is the venue in which same-sex couples wishing to legally marry have standing to intervene and be heard. Same-sex marriage is an important issue and the question of its legal status is one that will be heard and decided upon its merits, with respect and compassion shown to all sides.”

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Kentucky Station Catches Republican Senators Huddling Over Shutdown Spin

Paducah, KY, NBC affiliate WPSD caught a glimpse of two leading Republicans talking about how they were going to talk about the shutdown.

WPSG news director Bill Evans told TVSpy the station had asked for an interview with Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. When he showed up in the right spot, “An NBC producer/camera team hooked the Senator up and the producer asked questions while we recorded the answers here in Paducah.”

While he was hanging out after the interview and WPSD was still recording Rand Paul, the junior Senator from Kentucky, approached the Republican Minority Leader and asked, “You got a second?” Read more

Des Moines Reporter Uses Kickstarter to Publish Book on Iowa Caucus

caucus_chaosWHO reporter Dave Price recently wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his self-published book about the 2012 Iowa Caucus titled Caucus Chaos.

“I wrote the book because there’s never been an Iowa Caucus like the one we just experienced,” Price told TVSpy. “The rise and fall of so many different candidates in less than one year’s time was remarkable and unprecedented. The name Caucus Chaos seemed to be the perfect fit.”

The political reporter for the Des Moines, IA, NBC affiliate was looking for $4,000 but raised more than $5,000.

Price said the book covers “everything that lead up to caucus night, the drama behind the infamous caucus night [Mitt] Romney declaration and the fears that followed that Iowa’s Caucuses may be damaged because of the way it all went down.” Read more

NYC Mayoral Candidate Anthony Weiner Tries His Hand at Weather on WNYW

During a sit down interview with New York City Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner on New York’s FOX Owned station WNYW,  “Good Day New York” anchors Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto gave the former Congressman a shot at a new career.

When Scotto asked Weiner if he would continue in public service if he wasn’t elected Weiner jokingly said, “I’ve always had this dream of doing weather and sports on your show.” She then escorted Weiner over to the green screen and told him to keep his options open.

“First of all I’m not good-looking enough to do this job,” said the former Congressman who was disgraced in a sexting scandal in 2011. “This is where the Mets play,” Weiner continued. “They’re doing Double A baseball right now. I’ll be doing sports next.”

Scotto brought the interview back to seriousland by pressing the candidate on what his future held. Kelly then joined the two at the green screen where things got a little heated after Weiner told Scotto he would win the election because he was not like the other candidates who were from, “the same muck of municipal government we’ve had for years.” Kelly quickly pointed out Weiner came from the city council and then Congress telling the candidate, “It’s not exactly Athens.”

Former KIRO Anchor To Lead Washington State Republican Party

Susan Hutchison, a former anchor for Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO, has been elected the Washington State Republican Party Chair.

“People are tremendously excited about the future with me leading the party,” Hutchison told Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ.  “They see a change, a dynamic change, and I hope that I can fulfill their hopes.” You can watch the interview after the jump.

Hutchison worked at KIRO as an anchor from 1981 until 2002. She sued KIRO in 2003 for age, race and gender discrimination after she said she was replaced by a younger Asian-American woman. The lawsuit was settled in 2005. Hutchison ran for King County Executive in 2009. Read more

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