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So we saw Congressman Michael Grimm threaten a TV reporter that was caught on camera.
It was pretty ugly.
Some background: Congressman Grimm – a Republican from New York State -- was commenting on the state of the union. The reporter then asked him a question about an investigation into Grimm’s campaign finances. That’s when Grimm made comments about breaking the reporter in 2 – when he thought they were off air.
Here are the lessons many of us who have been in front of a camera know – and you should too.
First, the camera is always on.
Second, Grimm could have easily stopped this episode from ever happening.
Third, never piss off a reporter publicly.
Fourth, apologize gracefully.
Here’s my take:
Grimm and other lawmakers need to assess who they answer to. And it is not the media. It is the voting public. You are a servant to the people. When you can speak to the people you do it as if it is an honor – not something you are entitled to.
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