Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Obama Hates Texas, Reporters, And Puppies; Tells Reporter to STFU

The front page of The Blaze today reads: 'Let Me Finish My Answers': Obama Loses His Cool With Texas TV Reporter. OMFG Obama had a fistfight with a reporter? Threw a chair? Told him to shove it? Disappointingly, no. In summary of the clip via Gawker: Reporter Brad Watson of Dallas station WFAA asks Obama questions about why he's so unpopular in Texas, whether he'll compete in Texas after losing it by 10 points in the last election, and whether he took a certain space project away from Texas for political reasons. The questions are fair enough, and Obama gives his typically disciplined answers. But Watson cuts him off a few times with follow-up questions! Which leads Obama to say at the very end of the interview, while he's taking his microphone off, "Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?"


No, national media, he didn't. I'd file this under "mild schooling". He merely reminded the reporter to question him politely, which includes allowing him to finish answering the question. He's the friggin' President - I would certainly like to hear what he has to say, whether I agree with it or not. Reporters know and understand protocol for interviewing top officials of state: remain respectful. Allow your interviewee adequate time to answer in full. Especially if your interviewee is the President of the United States, who might be on to your insidious prompting, interrupting, and selective editing and reporting.

And as for asking why he is so unpopular in this particular state? Is anyone in America really so out-of-touch with politics that they haven't realized Texas leans on the conservative side ("leans" being a euphemism)? Is that really the tough investigatory journalism the public needs?

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