A Hill staffer tells us the most interesting stuff at today's Howard Dean photo-op with Senator Harry Reid happened off-camera, between Fox News correspondent Brian Wilson and Washington Post reporter Mark Leibovich. Here is our source's play-by-play:
During the photo-op, which took place in Reids private office Brian Wilson was angrily interrupting reporters and shouting questions out of turn. After an initial swarm, reporters squeeze out of the door. Brian Wilson was wearing no credential of any kind (apparently that wasnt a red flag to anyone) and behaving bizarrely angry as noted above so Mark Leibovich asked who he was.
Wilson went nuts responding to Mark (whose credentials were clearly on display) Who the fuck are you?
Mark responded that he was from the Wash Post and didnt see cred on him and because of his incredibly pointed questions wondered whether or not he was a rogue republican staffer.
As they raced down the hall outside the austere senate chamber Wilson displayed an impressive knowledge of four letter words incredulous that he would either not be recognized without proper ID or would be called out on being completely one-sided and working from gop talking points.
For the record, we don't see how asking "incredibly pointed questions" at a photo-op is a bad thing, even when aimed at Democrats. In fact, we're hoping it catches on and spreads to photo-ops of all political stripes. Meanwhile, we were also glad to read that two reporters resolved their differences with a "[race] down the hall," which seems both suitably macho for rough-and-tumble White House correspondents, but also civil. — GREG BEATO