Fox News and Huffington Post Reporters Pick Fight at Correspondents’ Dinner Afterparty
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) May 1, 2016
At the MSNBC White House Correspondents’ Dinner Afterparty, Fox News Jesse Watters, and Huffington Post’s Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim traded blows after Grim pulled out his camera and started taking pictures of Watters, according to the Washington Post.
The two bumped into each other in a heated tent outside the main party area and, though Grim and Watters do not have a personal relationship, Grim recognized Watters due to his previous involvement in a feud with a co-worker and tried to “ambush” Watters.
Watters is known as an “ambush journalist” and had previously engineered an on-camera confrontation in 2009 with writer Amanda Terkel, who now works with Grim at Huffington Post. This was Grim’s chance to turn the camera around on Watters.
Watters didn’t take kindly to being taunted, snatched the phone from Grim, and put it in his pocket. When Grim tried to get his phone back, a fight broke out.
According to the Post’s report: “No cinematic sparring or broken beer bottles, witnesses said, but the two flailed around a bit, upending a table and bumping into several people.”
“Punches were definitely thrown,” said one witness.
Before the fight got out of control, bystanders helped to break up the fight, including Sean Spicer, communications director at the Republican National Committee.
“Just trying to keep the peace,” Spicer said.
The after-party was thrown by MSNBC at the Foggy Bottom in Washington D.C. following the Correspondents’ Dinner where both President Obama and Larry Wilmore took shots at the media to laughter and groans.
A spokesperson from Fox News said “Jesse will address the issue tomorrow night on The O’Reilly Factor.”
Meanwhile, Grim remained critical.
“Ambush guy can’t take getting ambushed,” he said. “Maybe he should think about his life choices.”
He also took to Twitter, commenting:
‘Ambush guy snatched my phone, didn’t like being filmed, he tried to keep it. That didn’t happen.’
.@dceiver there’s probably video. Ambush guy snatched my phone, didn’t like being filmed, he tried to keep it. That didn’t happen.
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) May 1, 2016