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Olbermann Charged with Manslaughter in D.C. Brawl
|by Ezra Dulles
Post Washington Reporter
July 2, 2011
|President Obama's 100th Day Press Conference was marred by a violent brawl of cable news teams that resulted in 17 arrests and one death.
"It started with a fight over a camera position, I think," said Shirley Reese, a producer for NPR. "MSNBC and Fox both called 'dibbs' on the same spot."
Multiple witnesses say Chris Matthews threw the first punch.
"Chris had been drinking," admitted colleague Rachel Maddow. "Sean Hannity got in his face, and that was it. You have no idea how hard it is to not hit Hannity in the face when he's in front of you."
Punches and shoves flew freely, and soon teams from Fox, CNN, DNN and MSNBC were consumed in the fight.
"Once Hannity was down, Chip Foxx and Bill O'Reilly ganged up on Matthews," said Maddow.
The CNN news team claimed not to be involved, but that has been disputed by all other participants.
"Wolf Blitzer tried to act like he was above the fighting, reporting on it from the sideline," said weeping former coworker Glenn Beck. "But the tape will clearly ... read all