Couple of things go along with being a Congressman or Senator in Washington DC. The first is that the press is going to want to interview you, if you are front and center on any significant legislation or have “Bimbo problems”.
The second, as demonstrated by the Anthrax Attacks, and a gunman killing 2 Capitol Police in an attempt to shoot Congressmen – is that there are whack jobs out there who may try to harm you.
Despite these risks, Congressmen and Senators try and live normal lives – and unless there is some credible known threat, such as some of the whack job Tea Bagger driven threats against Pelosi and Reid, they don’t walk around with a protective detail or bodyguards.
Sans “Bimbo problems”, getting an interview with one of them isn’t very hard for any legitimate news outlet. Politicians by definition, want to be in the public eye. However – in view of the second thing above, “Ambush journalism” is probably not a good idea. Not the least because the Capitol Police may see you lame attempt at imitating the Acorn Pimp as an attack on a Representative…
And justifiably shoot your ass.
The second because you just might pick on a Democrat WITH cajones, as in this case…
And he pimp slaps your stupid ass all the way down C Street!
WTG Representative Bob Etheridge!
This one appears to be another Brietbart pimp wannabe – and you will notice he refuses to identify himself, give his name – and his face is obscured in the “video”. Which if he wasn’t up to something sleazy, he would have done. He also starts the confrontation by shoving the camera onto the Congressman’s face assaulting him, and starting with a pejorative question about the “Obama Agenda”…
As if the pimp slapping wasn’t enough. the Capitol Police should arrest this guy and his cameraman for assault and let them cool their pixels in DC Jail for a few days.
You're An Idiot
June 14, 2010 at 9:14 PM
I see…asking an elected representative a political question deserves an assault. Makes sense to me. Who is the scumbag…really?
June 15, 2010 at 7:40 AM
First – the question wasn’t political, it was a staged verbal assault.
Second, there is a correct way to ask a question – which the scumbags in question didn’t use.
Third, any legitimate journalist identifies themselves as such, which the scumbags repeatedly refused to do – and further obscured their identity in the released clip recognizing they had broken the law.
And fourth, violating a person’s personal space by shoving a “camera” 6″ from their face, is hardly “journalism”.