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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

We badger, you decide

Barack Obama ventured into the lion's den -- Fox News -- in his quest for passage of health care reform.

By all accounts it was a feisty affair, with Fox anchor Bret Baier repeatedly interrupting Obama, looking for answers on procedural questions, like the House's "deem and pass" tactic while Obama wanted to talk about the bill's impact.

No surprises there -- reporters always like process over policy. And I suppose Baier deserves some props for trying not to allow Obama to conduct his own filibuster.

The right wingnuts of course were thrilled that Fox was going to get at the "truth" not heard in the billions of words already expended on the topic.

But I also admit I find it interesting to wonder what it would have been like if roles had been reversed. For an answer, I probably don't need to venture much beyond the time when Roger Ailes' Richard Nixon engaged in a testy exchange with Dan Rather that had the right ranting about the disrespect the media showed for the office of the president.

What's good for the goose...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fun to look at "daybydaycartoon"for a reaction.

March 18, 2010 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The treatment of the President has changed dramatically over the years, look at Bill Clinton's press vs how JFK dalliances were a non-story. On the whole though I prefer blistering interrogation of all those in office, left or right. If they avoid it they must have something to hide.

March 18, 2010 11:43 AM  

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