So, in our series called Manufacturing Consent
we went through a load of ways in which politicians try to influence the way the media report
things. But one thing we didn’t consider then were
outright threats. This was Staten Island’s New York Republican
Representative, Michael Grimm, being interview after Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address. And just finally, before we let you go, since
we have you here, we haven’t had a chance to kind of talk about some of the… No, I’m not talking about anything that’s
off topic, this is only about the President’s speech, thank you. Alright, so Congressman Michael Grimm does
not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances. We wanted
to get him on camera on that but he, as you saw, refused to talk about that. Back to you. …………………………………. Grimm is facing allegations that more than
ten thousand dollars have been funneled into his campaign by Diana Durrant, one of his
fundraisers. Grimm later released a statement saying the reporter had taken a “cheap shot”
by asking a question about it. Although the other way of interpreting it might be that
he was doing his job. Anyway, it’s an unusual one but add it to
the list. Back to you.

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