Fox News, Huffington Post Reporters Break Into Fight After White House Correspondents' Dinner

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MSNBC's 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner After Party

Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters and Huffington Post Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim have had a beef in the past.

Even the White House Correspondents' Dinner wasn't safe from a little drama. 

A scuffle ensued between Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters (The O'Reilly Factor) and Huffington Post Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim at the MSNBC afterparty Saturday night at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Grim told The Hollywood Reporter he filmed Watters on his cellphone, asking him to apologize for an earlier incident that dates back to 2009 with one of his colleagues, when Watters snatched his phone. A fight started when Grim tried to retrieve it back. Grim said the evening escalated to Watters throwing punches at him.

Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel tweeted a photo of the incident with the caption, "Brawl between @ryangrim and @jessebwatters at MSNBC party." The two journalists were eventually separated by RNC executive director Sean Spicer.

 

Grim told THR he asked Watters to apologize on camera at the party for his confrontation in 2009 with Amanda Terkel, who is now a colleague of Grim's at Huffington Post. Terkel wrote for Think Progress that she was once stalked and later ambushed on the street by Watters, who forced her to recant her statements about Bill O'Reilly into a camera. She titled her story, “I Was Followed, Harassed, and Ambushed by Bill O’Reilly’s Producer.”

"Jesse should retire from the ambush business if he can't deal with it on the other end," Grim told THR. 

A Fox News spokesperson told THR that Watters will address the issue tomorrow night on The O'Reilly Factor

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