Monday, October 27, 2008

Barbara West, a journalist who is doing her job

Freeman Hunt says:
Unsurprisingly, Biden lies about the campaigns affiliation with ACORN. Yes, ACORN has received money from the Obama campaign. And Biden's spin on his recent bizarre comments depended on the viewer not knowing what it was that he said ...

It is beside the point to characterize that as saying Obama will be tested like any other President and is ready. His quote mentioned "a generated crisis," alluded to known "scenarios," and indicated that Obama's response would be unpopular. Those are the parts of the statement that people want clarification on.

I loved the questions about Marxism and Sweden. Biden says that the top one percent of earners make a large percentage of income, but he leaves out that they pay nearly double that share in taxes already.

As for me, I don't mind aggressive questioning in either direction. There's nothing tawdry in this interview. She's not asking him ridiculous, crazy-town questions like "Is Barack Obama a Muslim?" She's tough. That's good. She should be. You're running for the highest office in the land, and you'd better be able to take the heat and explain what you mean. As President you'll be facing people a lot tougher, a lot more hostile, and a lot more consequential than local news reporters.

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