NEWS BLOG: O’Brien’s interviews are one of the few worth watching

BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO

A frustration with watching news interviews on television is the sorry lack of tough follow-up questions. Mainstream anchors instead seem to rely more on giving equal time to both sides of a political issue.

It’s easier, it’s less risky, and they can almost count on what type of response they’ll get.

So-and-so gets the last word, and then it’s up to the viewer to decide if what’s been said is accurate or absurd.

It’s even worse on some of the cable news channels. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell rarely bothers with follow-ups anymore. It seems it’s more important for alternate views to be heard regardless of the content.

But CNN’s Soledad O’Brien has become the queen of the follow-ups. O’Brien sunk her teeth into former New Hampshire governor and Mitt Romney supporter John Sununu recently. And judging from his reaction, he was none too pleased.

When she asked Sununu to explain how the Ryan Plan was different from Romney’s budget plan, Sununu got personal in his attacks on O’Brien. And when he tried to assert that President Obama robbed more than $700 million out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare, she challenged him again on his facts.

A similar scenario unfolded when O’Brien interviewed former Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell. The former Senate candidate asserted that Obama’s policies are Marxist. When O’Brien probed O’Donnell to explain Marxism, she dodged the question, for fairly obvious reasons.

O’Brien also recently came down on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, over Vice President Joe Biden’s recent “chains” quote.

“Don’t tell me that if it were Romney, people wouldn’t be going crazy,” she said, almost mockingly.

Go O’Brien.

 

 

 

 

3 comments

  1. Strange, Tim, I find her to be abrasive and transparently not neutral…might be why CNN’s ratings are in the tank. One of the problems in today’s media environment is that the liberal media is not really willing to accept that some of us do not see things as they do. City is representative of that problem.

    1. Gen x wake up · · Reply

      Cliint, it’s all about good journalism. I know, asking future leaders follow up questions is foreign to us- it seems to me that todays TV journalist play patty cake with politicians, and let them say anything. And please, don’t start with the liberal crapola. Even the most dimwitted average joe is getting a little tired of the “throw everything that sounds abrasivewithout explanation in the liberal pepper patch game ” More media outlets need to grow some like Ms. O’brian . Hey if these civil servant wannabes want our votes , they should back up what they say. If anyone has a problem with this I must wonder what their real intentions are.

  2. “When she asked Sununu to explain how the Ryan Plan was different from Romney’s budget plan, Sununu got personal in his attacks on O’Brien. And when he tried to assert that President Obama robbed more than $700 million out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare, she challenged him again on his facts.”

    It’s more than a tad disingenuous for City to praise O’Brien for going for the jugular in her interviews when they themselves throw nothing but puff balls whenever they interview a local elected official or candidate. I remember how when Bill Johnson was running against Tom Richards a couple of years ago City refused to pin down Bill as to why he supported the Less-Than-Fast-Ferry, why he put the city on the hook for tens of millions by buying the barge at auction, and why he still thought the plan was a good idea.

    Likewise Richards was given a pass on having to explain why, as the city’s lead negotiator and then as mayor, he sat still while Paetec grandstanded and then took the city for a bunch of chumps. Nor have we seen City demanding that Richards explain how his administration managed to bobble the hiring and the retention of our last city parking director.

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