Just As I Thought

Gang up on him

Dan Froomkin has an interesting insight into the way the White House press corps works, and why they often seem to ignore big issues such as the president’s credibility:

Typically, however, Bush didn’t actually answer the question — choosing to respond with some generic comments about his authority. And, like many tough questions, it was not aggressively followed up. Bush does not tolerate multiple questions from a single reporter, and other reporters are loathe to give up their questions to repeat one from a colleague.

The other thing is that daily news reporters tend to ask breaking-news questions rather than big-picture questions. That’s a mistake, especially given how prepared Bush is with a vaguely relevant but usually non-responsive sound bite for virtually any breaking-news question. But it’s the nature of the beast.

Now, wouldn’t it be a dream come true, a fantasy really, if all the White House reporters got together and decided that for one day, they wanted an answer to one question. The first reporter would ask it, Bush would talk around it. The second reporter would ask it again. Bush would blow it off. The third reporter would ask it again. Bush would start to get flustered. The fourth reporter would ask it again. Bush would call an end to the press conference and stalk off in a huff.
Wouldn’t that look great on C-SPAN?

1 comment

  • Ah, the broken record technique……Actually that’s a great idea….and the press is usually pretty brave, but I’ll bet anything that the (poor excuse for)current administration would see it as “being ganged up on” and boot all the reporters for good. I’ll bet you anything that would happen. And I’ll also bet that there would be young, untried, inexperienced reporters waiting like hungry wolves in the wings to take the seats of the previous press. These new reporters would probably agree to anything just to get in, including not asking “dangerous” questions.

    Still, I wish they’d do it. It’s really a fine idea, if only these reporters would act. I have a feeling they’ve thought of this themselves, and only fear of being banned forever is keeping them from doing it. Maybe we should write to them and ask them to do it. Anybody got a current list of the White House press corps?

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