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Michael Grimm and the 8 most memorable politician-vs.-reporter run-ins (VIDEO)

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony following an interview he abruptly ended after Tuesday night's State of the Union address.


Well, to be fair, it wasn't the first time a politician has gotten testy with a reporter. (And it's safe to say it won't be the last.). Here's a list of the eight other examples that stick out most to us. What did we miss? The comments section awaits your input!

1. Carl Paladino tells Fred Dicker, "I'll take you out, buddy."

After Fred Dicker of the New York Post asked Paladino (R) for evidence to support his claim that Andrew Cuomo (D) had an extramarital affair, things got a little, um, uncomfortable. (This was during the 2010 New York governor's race.) Have they made up? Not quite. Paladino greeted Dicker with a crude gesture last year.

2. George W. Bush calls Adam Clymer a "major league a------"

Tell us what you really think. Bush (R) did at a 2000 campaign rally when he was caught on a hot mike pointing out the New York Times reporter to running mate Dick Cheney at a campaign rally.

Former president George Bush and former vice president Dick Cheney. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

3. Ken Salazar to Dave Phillips: "I'm going to punch you out."

Then-Interior Secretary Salazar confronted the Colorado Springs Gazette reporter in 2012 and told him,"If you do that to me again, I'm going to punch you out." Phillips was asking about a rancher with reported ties to Salazar who had come under scrutiny. Salazar later apologized.

4. Bill Clinton: "I choose not to play your game today."

When asked by NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli about his remark that the Obama campaign was playing the race card on him in 2008, Clinton responded, "You have mischaracterized it to get another cheap story to divert the American people from the real urgent issues before us, and I choose not to play your game today. Have a nice day."

5. Anthony Weiner mimics a reporter's accent. Then he does the weather.

The Democrat's disastrous 2013 New York City mayoral campaign was filled with awkward moments caught on camera. Like this one, in which he mocked the accent of ITV's Lucy Watson. Weiner said he felt like he had walked into a "Monty Python bit" before offering a British weather forecast: "It's going to be rainy, cloudy and gray, so do what you can, guys."

6. Chris Christie calls Tom Moran the "thinnest-skinned guy in America."

In 2010, New Jersey Gov. Christie (R) suggested the Newark Star-Ledger's Moran must be "the thinnest-skinned guy in America after being asked about a "confrontational tone."

7. Rob Ford asks Bill Weir: "You ever get drunk before?" 

In a contentious interview last year with CNN's Weir, the embattled mayor of Toronto said he was not an addict, even though he acknowledged smoking crack cocaine. In an effort to make his point, he turned the tables on Weir.

8. The Senate imprisons a journalist. And he gets one heck of a dateline. 

Okay, there were no TV cameras around for this event in 1848. But it still made waves. New York Herald reporter John Nugent published a report about a secret treaty to end the war with Mexico, according to the Senate Historical Office. He wouldn't give up his sources and an angered Senate committee ordered him arrested and confined. No matter, though. Nugent "spent his captivity in comfort, receiving a doubled salary while issuing his regular columns under the dateline 'Custody of the Sergeant at Arms,'" says the Senate Historical Office.

<br />(Screenshot from U.S Capitol Visitor's Center Web site. Image via Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress.)

(Screenshot from U.S Capitol Visitor's Center Web site. Image via Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress.)
Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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