Matt Lewis

Reporter roughed up at Michele Bachmann event

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor

No matter how bad your day at work was, it probably didn’t compare to ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross’s day. He was reportedly roughed up at a Michele Bachmann campaign event in South Carolina today.

As Time’s Michael Crowley reported:

Ross dashed after Bachmann, repeatedly asking whether she had ever missed a House vote due to a migraine. She ignored him. Ross pursued her into a parking area behind the stage. Her aides grew alarmed. When Ross made a beeline for the white SUV waiting to carry Bachmann away, two Bachmann men pounced on him, grabbing and pushing him multiple times with what looked to me like unusual force. In fact, I have never seen a reporter treated so roughly at a campaign event, especially not a presidential one. Ross was finally able to break away and lob his question at Bachmann one more time, but she continued to ignore him.

We haven’t seen the video (which reportedly exists), but if the early reports are accurate, this could be a problem for Bachmann. At the very least, it gives the migraine story legs (yes, I know this is a weird metaphor).

This, of course, is not the first time a campaign has made news for reportedly mistreating a reporter. As RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy humorously Tweeted: “The Joe Miller security guards who handcuffed a reporter to a chair are chuckling to themselves over this Bachmann thing.”