We will highlight the salient points of this report by the Associated Press via Seattlepi.com:
- U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s office said he regrets threatening to hit a Colorado reporter who asked about problems in the government’s wild horse program.
- In audio posted by The Gazette newspaper of Colorado Springs, reporter Dave Philipps is heard asking for an on-camera interview with Salazar, a Colorado native who previously served as a U.S. senator from the state.
- After a few general questions, Philipps asked Salazar what he knew about Tom Davis, a Colorado horse slaughter proponent who has purchased hundreds of wild horses gathered from public lands by the Bureau of Land Management and about the agency’s wild horse management program, which Salazar’s office oversees.
- Salazar answered briefly but after the interview accused Philipps of setting him up, then posed the threat. “If you do that to me again, I’ll punch you out,” said Salazar.
- The Gazette (http://tinyurl.com/c7wduc3) reports it held the audio in hopes of getting an interview with Salazar. But a Colorado Springs-based wild horse advocacy group, The Cloud Foundation, publicized the exchange on Monday.
In the meantime, Ginger Kathrens was set to appear with Sean Hannity on Fox News to discuss the incident and issues surrounding it, but Fox cancelled.
— Salazar threatens to “punch out” reporter (includes Action Alert)