July 12, 2007 |
Ricardo Mayorga had blood-stained bruises on both cheeks, swelling around one eye, scratches on his neck and dried splotches of blood on his shirt collar. Fernando Vargas, his shirt and jacket removed, was standing in angry defiance, flexing his muscles and shaking his fists. And this was only the news conference. Menacing glares, trash talking and occasional pushing and shoving is standard procedure for pre-fight news conferences, a good chance to hype the event and push sales.
November 4, 1990 |
Republican Sen. Mark O. Hatfield's opponent crashed one of his news conferences, then got in the last question by asking Hatfield to debate him today. Hatfield, who has refused such requests from Democrat Harry Lonsdale, walked away without responding. "I'm conducting a press conference, not a circus," Hatfield said later when asked what he thought about Lonsdale's visit Friday. When Lonsdale appeared, Hatfield stumbled over his words before regaining his composure.
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October 9, 2003 |
If there were any doubt that the recall was no ordinary election, and the winner no ordinary politician in a suit, Arnold Schwarzenegger's first news conference as governor-elect settled matters from its well-choreographed opening moments. The stagecraft was suggestive of a presidential summit. In a green tie and light gray suit, Schwarzenegger stood against a backdrop of American and California flags, while journalists from perhaps a dozen countries clamored to get in a question.
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December 17, 1993 |
Shocked by possible shooting attempts this week on high-ranking Compton school officials, state and local politicians came out in force Thursday to denounce the incidents and urge the community not to respond with violence to efforts to turn around the insolvent district.
April 6, 2010 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. — On a warm spring afternoon, wiping the sweat from his forehead with his giant biceps, Tiger Woods played the Masters' media the way he plays the Masters tournament. He was smooth, straight, powerful at times, precise at others, dramatically calculating, poignantly finishing. He was, well, unbelievable. A good thing on a golf course, not so good on the fairway of public opinion, where the world's greatest golfer still came off as the world's least trusted athlete, his first news conference after five months best described as a bogey.
January 29, 1989 |
President Bush defended a widely criticized pay raise for Congress on Friday as unquestionably "overdue." Making his debut in a fast-paced but easygoing news conference, Bush also said that "prudence is the order of the day" in dealing with the Soviet Union. Rounding out the first week of his presidency, Bush put himself at arms length from a controversial Treasury Department plan to rescue the beleaguered savings and loan industry by imposing a fee on savings accounts.
January 27, 2007 |
If there was any question that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates would go to almost any length to demonstrate he was the anti-Rumsfeld, he dispelled it Friday. In his first-ever Pentagon news conference, Gates' manner and method could not have been more different than those of his controversial predecessor -- starting with the room. Donald H. Rumsfeld made the Pentagon briefing room so much his own, Gates has evidently decided he has no intention of using it.
January 23, 1987 |
Pennsylvania's treasurer, facing jail for defrauding the state, proclaimed his innocence at a news conference Thursday but said, "It's too late for me," then pulled a pistol from a manila envelope, put it into his mouth and killed himself. R. Budd Dwyer died instantly after he fired a single shot from a .357 magnum pistol in front of two dozen reporters, photographers and aides, Dauphin County Coroner William Bush said. "No, No! Budd, don't do this!"
January 28, 1989 |
President Bush, while still expressing firm opposition to tax increases during his initial year in office, implied Friday in his first presidential news conference that he might have to accept higher taxes later in his term. His brief comments appeared to be part of a gradual easing away by the White House from Bush's strict, oft-repeated campaign pledge of "no new taxes."
May 23, 2006 |
For the world's entertainment media who gather here annually for the Festival de Cannes, the news conferences with directors and actors after screenings occasionally put a movie star's poise and wit to the test. Especially when the questions get a little personal. Take Halle Berry, for instance.