The ‘follow-up’ question is dead. That’s what I’ve noticed. At least since Sarah Palin was unleashed on us. I don’t know exactly what the problem. Do these ‘journalists’ run out of time? Do they just not catch the lie? Are they so uninformed, they don’t know what the actual truth is? Are they afraid to confront the Politician? Are these interviewers such ass-kissers they are afraid of confrontation? Maybe some of you so-called ‘journalists’ can answer these questions for me.
Rudy Giuliani: My first example, it’s an easy one, is George Stephanopoulos interviewing Rudy Giuliani on GMA. Rudy Giuliani, Mr. 9/11 himself, said, “There were no domestic terrorist attacks under Bush.” Now I will give Giuliani the benefit of the doubt. He’s a Conservative and he hates President Obama so much, that it skewers everything in his head. It was a mistake. Giuliani obviously meant to say there weren’t ‘any more’ terrorist attacks under Bush. But did George correct him? NO!! Watch at the 3 min mark:
George! What was going through your head when you heard that? Does this mean interviewers are not paying attention to what people are saying? Seems that way. I know you apologized for it later, but it absolutely put a black mark on that particular interview with the Mayor.
Sen. Jon Kyl: This tool was interviewed by Al Hunt from Bloomberg TV and stated that the economy growth was due in part by the Republicans getting President Obama to sign the Bush Tax Cut extension. Yeah. He did say that. Even though that was passed IN DECEMBER, and the growth was for 2010. Not a ‘math’ guy? Are ya Mr. Kyl? What’s worse? Al Hunt. Really? You couldn’t have put THAT one together and say, “Whoa, whoa, wait a sec.” “How is THAT possible? How could the Republicans take credit for economic growth for 2010 with a bill that passed in December of 2010??” All 2:47 min of this video is worth watching.
No follow-up. No correction. Just let this guy go on his merry way. Even though a 2nd Grader would know it’s not possible for Republicans to take credit for that. Nicely done, Al Hunt. Whoever you are.
Fox News: And here lies the problem: STUPID AMERICANS! In my opinion, The new Republican party’s base are the absolute dumbest, laziest, racist, bigoted Americans they can find. Yeah, I said it. This can only explain how Republicans took over the majority in Congress this past Mid-term. They were voted in based on absolutely NO solutions, or alternative ideas given by the Republican party. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Obviously because of Fox News. OBVIOUSLY. I’m not saying that Fox News is dumb, lazy, racist, and bigoted. I am saying Americans who are dumb, lazy, racists, bigots … do watch Fox News. And Holy Crap are they given the WRONG information. ON PURPOSE TOO!! Still this is my favorite video from Sean Hannity. Editing President Obama’s speech. Classic:
Now surely after this blatant attempt to LIE about the President, Hannity certainly can’t look in the mirror and call himself a ‘journalist’, right? But this is what I think goes down at Fox News: They don’t care. They feel they can edit all the video they want because their dumb, lazy viewers will NEVER question what they say. They will never watch President Obama’s speech and then see that Hannity is lying about it … and even when the truth is punching them in the face, these precious Americans don’t care. They just don’t care about the truth and about the facts.
Sarah Palin: Another prime example of a missed follow-up question. Well a few examples. And they all have to do with our favorite quitter, Sarah Palin. The whole Death Panel lie. That was lie of the year in 2009. Not one journalist asked her what I would have asked her, “You REALLY believe President Obama has assembled a ‘death panel,’ to which the elderly (your parents) and the mentally challenged (your son) are to stand in front of them, and actual people determine whether they live or die?” SERIOUSLY?? Why wasn’t this question asked 1,000 times??? Okay, this quitter doesn’t go on any other TV outlet besides Fox … which proves my point!! Journalism is DEAD at Fox News. (That’s redundant)
We don’t consider Mary Hart, from Entertainment Tonight, a journalist, right? She missed a golden opportunity with her fluff interview with Sarah Palin. When Palin martyred herself and said, “I will Run for President in 2012 if There’s Nobody Else To Do It.” BARF!! Mary … what’s wrong with you?? Next question would be: “Mrs. Palin, why don’t you tell me, in the history of this country, when the GOP didn’t have a candidate to run for President.” Simple enough. But I think Sarah Palin has SO many stipulations when she does an ‘interview.’ She submits her own questions to the interviewer. That HAS to be the case, because nobody challenges her. NOBODY.
Eric Cantor: Recently, this liar has been lying about Health Care Reform. The Republicans, including Cantor, have been calling it the ‘job-killing’ bill. Which is a LIE. But nobody challenges him on it. The dude is standing in front of so many reporters and they say nothing!!
Tom Delay: Tom Delay did an interview with Candy Crowley last year and boy, that was an embarrassment. And Candy Crowley did nothing to challenge Tom Delay on anything he was lying about. What’s wrong with this is that I think CNN sells Ms. Crowley as their legitimate news person. This interview was a love-fest. She was so smitten and didn’t do her job. No follow-ups. Here’s the video, I’ll let Cenk from The Young Turks do the dirty work.
Shame on you Candy. He says, “It’s true, unemployed people choose to be unemployed” and you move right along. Ugh.
Dumb Americans: READ THIS, please. The Republicans are lying to you about Health Care Reform being a ‘job-killer.’ They are referring to the fact that this bill will allow more people to retire early. Meaning that yes, they will leave the work force, but that is NOT job-killing! PLEASE start doing your own research. Truth is always the truth. Facts are always the facts. And your party has been so dishonest since President Obama became President. And for some reason, y’all are buying into it. Why? Is it because Obama is black? (My guess) You at least HAVE to acknowledge a lie. Sean Hannity DID manipulate that speech from the President. Eric Cantor IS lying about HCR being a ‘job-killer.’ Those are the FACTS. But does that mean anything to you?
Journalists: And boy do I use that term loosely. What’s going on? Why are all of you so afraid to ask follow-up questions? Why are you all so afraid to confront a politician when he/she is lying? It seems to me that Journalistic integrity is obsolete. You guys basically do fluff pieces. Why? To make sure those liars come back on your show? How is that suppose to inform the American people with correct knowledge? I wish more Americans would hold journalists accountable for their failures. It would be for the betterment of this country.