Brickbat: Punchy

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar apparently didn't like being questioned about some 1,700 wild mustangs being held in federal holding pens. Salazar threatened to punch a reporter from the Colorado Springs Gazette if he ever asked him questions like that again.

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  • Mike M.||

    Wow. If one of these jerks pulled something like that on me, my immediate response would be "go ahead and try it now and see what happens to you."

  • Drake||

    Most reporters don't seem the manliest types. But yes - I would be funny to see a politician called out when he has a hissy fit.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    I almost got into a fight with a homicide detective at a murder scene about two decades ago. Fortunately a radio reporter talked me down, or I'd probably still be in jail.

  • Whahappan?||

    And then you'd get a beatdown from the SS, or whoever provides security. Like most politicians, he's a cowardly bully, and wouldn't make such a threat without being secure in his backup.

  • Pound. Head. On. Desk.||

    Wow. If one of these jerks pulled something like that on me, my immediate response would be "go ahead and try it now and see what happens to you."

    Actually, I would just look him straight in the eye and loudly repeat the question. Knowing me I would probably also ask if they ever expect a man to be appointed his office.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    I can't imagine Salazar saying that to anybody who posed the slightest actual risk to him. I can easily imagine him filing some sort of hate crime charge against him, though.

  • Tim||

    Holding pens? That is so 20th century. Why aren't we drone striking them?

  • Ptah-Hotep||

    Holding pens? That is so 20th century. Why aren't we drone striking them?

    Destroys the meat.

  • Pound. Head. On. Desk.||

    Destroys the meat.

    Isn't horsemeat illegal in the US?

  • Ptah-Hotep||


    Philipps broke a story in September, in cooperation with ProPublica, about a Colorado man named Tom Davis who has purchased 1,700 wild horses from the federal government but can't produce documentation on what happened to them.

    Davis is a proponent of horse slaughter, which is illegal on wild horses roaming public lands. For two years, he has sought investors for a slaughterhouse, Philipps' story said.
  • Tim||

    Episiarch is out there right now, cutting pasting, hitting refresh. You can here him breathing.

  • waaminn||

    Dude seems to be talking a LOT of smack over there.

  • Lord Humungus||

    what kind of smack?

  • robc||

    And Obama immediately fired him.

    Wait, what?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Salazar then reportedly was caught on tape saying, "Don't you ever ... You know what, you do that again, ... I'll punch you out."

    Salazar's spokesman Blake Androff said Tuesday that, "the secretary regrets the exchange."

    "And if you ever ask about the exchange again, the secretary says he will punch you out."

    Oliver is conveniently hiding the fact that the incident happened at an Obama event on Election Day. That is to be an insular gathering with no adversarial or non-horse race questioning going on.

  • sarcasmic||

    Considering that the guy is part of the federal government, I'm sure that whoever he "punched out" would be charged with felony assault. Just like when a cop has his fist assaulted by someone's face.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Those wild horses are probably glue and pet food now.

  • Enyap||

  • db||

    Often these types of articles arise from a person's reputation. Is Salazar known for being a confrontational douche?


    They shoot horses don't they?

    Salazar said he didn't know very much about it but that it was his understanding "there was an investigation being done."

    Oh. Well, then everything's OK! We should never be upset as long as more money is spent 'investigating' stupid government ideas.

    There is an Equus II lurking somewhere in the back of this story.

  • Robert Jordan||

    Life needs a sound track.

    Reporter throws shoe at Salazar, Room goes into chaos as "Kung Fu Fighting" begins to play...


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