Gianforte was totally caught by surprise in this encounter with the press.
He misjudged how the press would react to his skillful dodging of an unwanted question by body slamming the offending reporter.
He had quite astutely recognized that there would be Fox news reporters witnessing his uncouth behavior and would corroborate his BS story about how the reporter had assaulted him first.
I can only imagine his surprise when the Fox news reporters gave a factual report! I can’t believe it either! I just typed “Fox news reporters gave a factual report.”
Yeah, I know the reporters have more than likely been told to report back to Fox News Central for the Clockwork Orange Reprogramming Therapy, but it’s nice to know that they haven’t been able to completely remove the integrity from all their reporters.