Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana’s special congressional election, has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly body slammed a reporter and broke his glasses on Wednesday night.
The altercation took place at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, the night before the state’s special election. It sent political shock waves rippling through the race, with two local newspapers rescinding their support for the GOP candidate.Ben Jacobs, a political reporter for the Guardian, said he had been asking Gianforte about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate “body slammed” him and began shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”
“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs told his paper. “This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”
The audio file provided by Jacobs backs up his account of the incident and so did accounts by other journalists who witnessed the incident. – CNN
The only known video of the incident
Here’s the issue with this story (besides a politician beating up a reporter for asking a question): we live in the era of outrage. Either people are outraged at something that Donald Trump or someone who supports him does or people are outraged that there are people who are outraged at the thing that just happened. There’s no middle ground. So when Republican Congressional hopeful Greg Gianforte allegedly beats up a reporter for asking his opinion on the CBO score of Trumpcare, we’re too busy arguing with each other to miss the tiny details of the story. Like how Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin donated to Gianforte’s campaign. Or how over 250,000 ballots have already been cast, which could end up being over half the ballots cast in the special election.
If Gianforte did assault a reporter for asking a question, then yes it’s obviously wrong and he should face the consequences for his actions. I just think people need to sit back and take a breath before jumping on Twitter and calling for his head to be chopped off, and for the other half of people to stop calling for every reporter in the country to have a bag of sand poured down their throats. Lock it up, America.
In probably my favorite background kid yelling reporter type video, this kid just destroys this lady with a quick sentence. “Fuck Her Right in the P***y” (I feel dirty typing it because we are a mother-fucking family blog!), That sentence has the power to shoot daggers into the ears of unwarned listeners. Those unwarned listeners just happened to be the people of San Jose and now, the world. Keep rolling little boy, you have so many more news broadcasts to destroy.
PS: D- effort by the reporter to recover. She basically crumbles under the weight of a 5 letter word and dips off camera REAL QUICK. If I was her I would have given that kid and Adrian Peterson style ass whooping…..too soon?
Textbook reporting here by Jim Cantore right here. College kids beware, if you run into Jim Cantore’s shot he’s going to go knee-to-dick, that’s a fact. Besides not flinching and finishing his report I have to give Jim some extra props because using your knee is some good old fashion fighting. No shovels, no scooters, just some good flesh to flesh battling. Did anyone go check on that kid? He might be passed out somewhere and slowly bleeding out from the inside.
News reporters saying the F word live on air will never get old to me. I could survive on endless YouTube videos of reporters swearing. Lauren Podell, you just made this guys day.
“On Sept. 9, as the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to take on the Washington Redskins in the first Monday Night Football game of the NFL season, ESPN viewers won’t be asked whether they are ready for some football. Instead, they’ll be treated to a montage of Darth Vader, Ronald Reagan and the daredevil who jumped from outer space in 2012. The creator of the new MNF opening segment is Peter Berg, the filmmaker and football fanatic best known for the Friday Night Lights film and TV series. Berg won the job after pitching the network on the idea of packing 44 years of culture and football history into a 90-second curtain-raiser for the weekly game. “Whether it be presidents being elected, great films, 9/11, Katrina — these are moments that we all remember culturally and somehow dealt with on Monday Night Football,” Berg tells THR. The new opening, which has been in the works for nine months, references Pac-Man, Bruce Springsteen and Titanic, among other major cultural forces. ESPN execs have been looking for a permanent opening since dropping Hank Williams Jr.‘s classic “Are You Ready for Some Football” intro in 2011 after the singer analogized President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. ESPN executive producer Jed Drake says at the end of last season, the network quietly put out requests for proposals to creative firms before Berg offered the timeline concept. Berg was hired and worked with Los Angeles-based design firm Ignition Creative on the opening, which moves from the first MNF game between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns on September 21, 1970 to wide receiver Calvin Johnson’s catch for the Detroit Lions that set the NFL single-season receiving record in December 2012. Along the way, MNF’s familiar “Heavy Action” theme music plays, and classic game moments are dispersed with cultural ones. Of course, making the cut was John Lennon‘s appearance on MNF in 1974 where he tells Howard Cosell about the experience, “It makes rock concerts look like tea parties.” The plan is to regularly tweak the opening, adding and subtracting historical moments. “We hope this will spark debate about which cultural touchstones should be in it,” says Drake. One aspect of the montage that could generate chatter is the Disney quotient. ESPN’s parent company is represented by Star Wars and Indiana Jones (Lucasfilm), Toy Story (Pixar) and Iron Man (Marvel). Are the inclusions a sly promotional tactic, or was it just easier to license rights from a sister company? Berg says it helped “for sure” to have the Disney archive at his disposal, adding that not all studios were enthusiastic about helping promote football on a Disney network. He notes, “There was some stuff from The Matrix we had trouble clearing.” For Berg, the chance to work on the MNF opening brought back fond memories of watching the games with his father during his childhood. “We weren’t allowed to watch television,” he says about school nights. “But we were allowed to watch Monday Night Football. So it always had this special, secret holiday association for me.” – Hollywood Reporter
It’s about god damn time. It only took ESPN 50 years to get a country bumpkin racist out of their MNF montage and put it in the hands of a legitimate filmmaker. “Are You Ready For Some Football” was one of the dumbest opening themes for any show ever. Obviously I’m ready for football Hank. Why else would I be watching the damn channel. Now the theme is in the hands of Peter Berg, the creator of Friday Night Lights, and the director of one of my favorite 30 for 30 films, A Kings Ransom. He’s one of the more underrated minds in Hollywood, and judging by this interview, his creative juices seem to be in overdrive. If you think Monday Night Football is only about football then your clearly missing the bigger picture. Over the years, it has become as big a part of pop culture as any show on TV. Logically speaking, it’s impossible for any show that’s been on for over 50 years, sports or not, to not influence society, . While we’re going to have to wait until September 9th to see the entire opening montage, Berg did drop us some hints. “Heavy Action” will be the background music, and the pictures featured in the opening will parallel pop culture and Monday Night Football throughout the years (photos included above). If this doesn’t get you ready for football, then I don’t know what will.
P.S. If that Darth Vader/Terry Bradshaw two face picture isn’t the background of your computer by the end of the day then I know everything I need to know about you as a person.
Move over Florida, Rhode Island’s got crazy fever! This video of a Rhode Island NBC10 reporter explaining what to do when you see a bear is the craziest thing i’ve seen since Sharknado. That’s how to repel a bear?? By looking at this girls survival tactics something tells me she wouldn’t last 2 minutes on ‘Naked and Afraid’. Apparently this is going viral, and why not?! It’s hilarious. And it already has a remixed version! That’s when you know you’ve made the big time.