A friend sent me this. Any of you seen it:
Channel 2 reporter Jeff Dore just ran a story at the top of the 5pm newscast where they tried to corner the Speaker at the LOB to ask him about his divorce, and Jeff says the Speaker’s bodyguard “body slammed” his camera man. The camera shows the Speaker running down the hall away from the press and the trooper pushing the camera guy against the wall.
By the way, as an aside, I’ve spoken to several good friends who I trust on the matter who have dug into the Speaker’s divorce. They, all lawyers, have said they are having a hard time seeing that there was anything improper other than the reporting. We’ll see if that holds up as facts continue to trickle out, but it seems like this is a non-story being conflated into something much bigger than it is.
Nonetheless, given the Speaker’s high handed actions of late, he probably should have expected to get this reaction. Likewise, this Jeff Dore video coverage isn’t going to help.
UPDATE: Representative Ehrhart was kind enough to point out what actually happened. Geez, people think I have it out for the Speaker. I expect Cynthia Tucker is lying in wait to run the man over with an eco-friendly car. I suspect the Speaker is strategically calculating wisely here — the more the media starts firing at him on stories lacking much legitimacy, the more people like me are happy to defend him. Anyway, here’s what really happened:
Actually the footage shows the Speaker calmly walking down the hall.
The only body slam was the massive camera guy pushing and slamming the Speaker’s 5′ 4″ 110 lb press woman into the wall and hitting her with his camera.
Then he got mad because she had the audacity to mention she would rather he not do that.