Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Drudge Tries to Punch Pelosi During Press Conference

April 4, 2007. 10:29 am EST. WASHINGTON.

DrudgeReport author Matt Drudge tried to punch Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a press conference on steps of the Capitol Building, said an official who was present at the press conference.

"He sort of swung a sloppy right hook at her but missed," said the official. "Then he fell over. I've never never seen such disrespect or such bad footwork. He's definitely a DC gossip guy, not a boxer. It actually sorta looked like he was drunk." The official says Drudge was then knelt on by Secret Service personnel. Pelosi was unhurt.

The official is so far is the only person to mention the incident, which took place in front of dozens of cameras and Washington reporters. He has asked to remain anonymous because he fears retaliation for tipping us off to a story that should be available to anyone with YouTube.

"This is all BS wingnut spin. I didn't try to punch Pelosi," Drudge wrote on his own site. "I wasn't even there." At its first appearance on the website, however, Drudge's denial contained multiple typos, suggesting that he was still drunk and trembling when he wrote it.


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At 7:32 AM , Blogger Jon E. said...

As should be obvious, I made up this story. It's pretty much a find-and-replace exercise with a similarly unlikely story posted on DrudgeReport, in which an anonymous official claims that CNN reporter Michael Ware a) heckled John McCain at a press conference and b) is probably an alcoholic. But a) all the footage of the press conference shows that Ware (who earlier that week on CNN's The Situation Room had rebutted McCain's earlier comments that Baghdad is as safe as buckling up) never said a word and b) Ware was joking on Bill Maher's show when he talked about drinking to survive the stress in Baghdad.

The original DR story:

McCain heckled by CNN reporter
Sun Apr 01 2007 13:50:38 ET


During a live press conference in Baghdad, Senators McCain and Graham were heckled by CNN reporter Michael Ware. An official at the press conference called Ware’s conduct “outrageous,” saying, “here you have two United States Senators in Bagdad giving first-hand reports while Ware is laughing and mocking their comments. I’ve never witnessed such disrespect. This guy is an activist not a reporter.”

Senators McCain and Graham flew into Iraq and drove into Baghdad, making stops at an open market and a joint Iraq/American military security outpost before appearing at the press conference.

This is not the first time Michael Ware has taken issue with Senator McCain’s comments about early progress in Iraq. Last week, after Senator McCain told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he needed to catch up on the news coming out of Iraq, Michael Ware responded, saying:

“I don't know what part of Neverland Senator McCain is talking about when he says we can go strolling in Baghdad.”

Michael Ware has also publicly expressed his views on the war last year in an interview with Bill Maher, saying, “I've been given a front-row ticket to watch this slow-motion train wreck … I try to stay as drunk for as long as possible while I'm here … In fact, I'm drinking now.”



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