*Dang you guys. What you did makes all of us in the biz look kind of bad. To break out into a fight at a White House Correspondence Dinner, based on some old sh*t the two of you needed to settle when it happened in 2009, makes all of us journalists look bad. But let me tell the rest of you what apparently went down.
All I can say is, I’m glad they weren’t Black.
Yeah. I said it!
Of course the venue where such an uncharacteristic incident occurred was not wasted on me, as it seems rather ironic that it happened in the “U.S. Institute of Peace” building in Washington.
Now just envision this, y’all. Everybody is dressed in their finest attire. Being all “siddity” ‘n sh*t. Sipping on the finest champagne (complimentary, of course) and nibbling on “mini servings of chili cheese fries.” OK, forget the “fine champagne” part, they may have actually had a cheaper version (something like Cook’s).
But I digress.
When all of a sudden, seemingly out of nowhere, two former colleagues meet up. Well, they’re still colleagues, they just work for different publications. Witnesses say Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters and Ryan Grim, the Huffington Post‘s Washington bureau chief, were with a group located in a heated tent just outside the main party area. Even though the men don’t appear to have any kind of personal relationship, when Grim realized who Watters was, he recalled an issue he had with the “O’Reilly Factor” correspondent in 2009. At the time, Watters was known as an “ambush journalist,” and he had engineered an on-camera confrontation of writer Amanda Terkel, now a HuffPost colleague of Grim. Terkel’s account of the incident was headlined “I Was Followed, Harassed, And Ambushed By Bill O’Reilly’s Producer.”
Grimm then decided to return the favor by taking his cellphone out and recording Watters, who did not take well to this AT ALL! Watters snatched the man’s phone and put it in his pocket.
That’s when fists got busy. I’ll bet THAT is a news story they wished hadn’t gotten out.
No doubt getting a dose of your own medicine can taste nasty, guys.