TV Reporter Threatened by Congressman After State of the Union Address: ‘I Will Break You in Half’ — Here’s the Video

Jan 29, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Television reporter Michael Scotto, who works for cable channel NY1, was threatened by New York Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican, after the State of the Union address Tuesday, reports TheWrap.com.

“The congressman accosted Scott after their brief interview on Grimm’s reaction to the president’s speech. Scotto had attempted to ask Grimm about alleged campaign corruption, when the congressman refused to speak off topic and abruptly walked off camera,” the story reports.

“But the camera kept rolling after Scotto tossed back to the anchors, when Grimm returned and verbally accosted the reporter,” allegedly threatening to throw him from a balcony on Capitol Hill and reportedly adding, “I will break you in half,” the story says.

Grimm released a statement later that night, saying he was “extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests.” He added, “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.”

The statement continued, “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.”

Here’s a clip of the incident:


  1. In the eyes of the Congressman Grimm that may have been a cheap shot but if the allegations of threatening to throw the reporter off the balcony and break him in half are true, the Congressman should be looking for another job. Threatening to hurt or possible kill someone is never acceptable behavior and an elected official should know that and be mature and intelligent enough to walk away. Instead his behavior made him look like the kind of thug that would run a corrupt campaign.

  2. If he were a democrap you would not be reading this article….it would not have been printed!

  3. Spatcher: People like you, and Congressman Grimm, appear to have lost the acceptable behavior that is expected of a human being.
    Peter Bright

  4. Peter – you always seem to be riding the same high horse every lib thinks they are entitled to be on! Spatcher is 100% correct and you know it – but don’t like that more people are recognizing that the mainstream media has abandoned its traditional journalistic integrity and is overwhelmingly liberal in everything they do. You are a good solder in the liberal army!

  5. If you right wing-wack jobs were correct, then FOX would be running all kinds of Democrats making violent threats against their reporters…but their not, so your full of crap.

  6. Why do you think it is only one side… I barely did a search and found this. Don’t be so naïve. People are people whether Democrat or Republican. All of says stupid things we regret at some point. Here is Teresa Heinz Kerry’s: “You’re from the Tribune-Review — understandable. You said something I didn’t say. Now shove it.”
    Congressman Weiner had some choice words too. Words are just words… I think Pres. Obama said something like that. Examine actions… words are meaningless.

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