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Where Is Jeff Gannon When We Need Him?
Powerline ^ | 3/16/05 | John H. Hinderaker

Posted on 03/17/2005 3:16:06 PM PST by swilhelm73

President Bush gave a press conference today. Which reminds us why he doesn't do it more often. Here are some of the questions he fielded:

Q Mr. President, you say you're making progress in the Social Security debate. Yet private accounts, as the centerpiece of that plan, something you first campaigned on five years ago and laid before the American people, remains, according to every measure we have, poll after poll, unpopular with a majority of Americans. So the question is, do you feel that this is a point in the debate where it's incumbent upon you, and nobody else, to lay out a plan to the American people for how you actually keep Social Security solvent for the long-term? Actually, the Washington Post reported this poll result yesterday:

Would you support or oppose a plan in which people who chose to could invest some of their Social Security contributions in the stock market? Support: 56% Oppose: 41% No opinion: 3%

If reporters are going to preface questions with a long, hostile preamble, is it too much to expect them to get their facts right? Here's more:

Q Paul Wolfowitz, who was the -- a chief architect of one of the most unpopular wars in our history -- THE PRESIDENT: (Laughter.) That's an interesting start. (Laughter.)

Q -- is your choice to be the President of the World Bank. What kind of signal does that send to the rest of the world?

No comment necessary.

Q Mr. President, your judicial nominees continue to run into problems on Capitol Hill. Republicans are discussing the possibility of ending the current Democratic filibuster practice against it. And Democrats yesterday, led by Minority Leader Harry Reid, went to the steps of the Capitol to say that if that goes forward, they will halt your agenda straight out. What does that say about your judicial nominees, the tone on Capitol Hill? And which is more important, judges or your agenda? This one just astonishes me. The Democrats are filibustering President Bush's judicial appointees, all of whom are highly qualified, in violation of the Constitution's requirement that the Senate "advise and consent" to such appointments. And the reporter wonders what the Democrats' fit of losers' pique "say[s] about [President Bush's] judicial nominees"? Unbelievable.

And finally:

Q Mr. President, back to Social Security, if I may. You said right at the top today that you urged members of Congress to go out and talk about the problem with their constituents. THE PRESIDENT: About solutions to the problem.

Q But also to talk about solutions. It's that part of it I want to ask about. Aren't you asking them to do something that you really haven't been willing to do yet?

As we've said before, it is pretty much impossible to imagine a world in which the American press is neutral.


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KEYWORDS: jeffgannon; mediabias; pressbias

1 posted on 03/17/2005 3:16:06 PM PST by swilhelm73
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To: swilhelm73
Mr. President, if we could be one one-hundredth as great as you and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been together in the White House, we'd take it right now and walk away winners.

-- Dan Rather "interviewing" Bill Clinton, May 27, 1993

2 posted on 03/17/2005 3:19:41 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: swilhelm73

Jeff Gannon should be given a full press pass immediately, or these jokers should have theirs revoked, once again, immediately.


3 posted on 03/17/2005 3:21:16 PM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (Every time I doubt my sanity, I take a quick look at DU and I'm all better. YEEEAAARRRGGGHH!!!)
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To: swilhelm73
Q Mr. President, your judicial nominees continue to run into problems on Capitol Hill. Republicans are discussing the possibility of ending the current Democratic filibuster practice against it. And Democrats yesterday, led by Minority Leader Harry Reid, went to the steps of the Capitol to say that if that goes forward, they will halt your agenda straight out. What does that say about your judicial nominees, the tone on Capitol Hill? And which is more important, judges or your agenda?

This question was from Carl Cameron of Fox. I don't know if he was trying to make his bones with his press buddies, but it was a terrible question. I hope he improves.

4 posted on 03/17/2005 3:29:14 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: Bahbah

I hadn't heard about Ried's threat, guess the Dems found a "go nuclear" option of their own.


5 posted on 03/17/2005 3:31:38 PM PST by Zeroisanumber
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To: WinOne4TheGipper

Sorry, I don't think having a gay prostitute invited by the press secretary to ask friendly questions is in our best intrest.

Truth be told, I want whoever is in the White House, Republican or Democrat, to be asked tough questions. The press plays a vital role in keeping our leaders acting in the people's best interest when they do their jobs responsibly.


6 posted on 03/17/2005 3:32:16 PM PST by Diverdogz
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Sorry, I don't think having a gay prostitute invited by the press secretary to ask friendly questions is in our best intrest.

Truth be told, I want whoever is in the White House, Republican or Democrat, to be asked tough questions. The press plays a vital role in keeping our leaders acting in the people's best interest when they do their jobs responsibly.

The questions should be honest and their purpose should be to elicit facts. Playing a game of GOTCHA, using false premises, is not the same as asking tough questions.

7 posted on 03/17/2005 4:53:17 PM PST by alnick (Rice 2005: We've only just begun to see what Freedom can achieve.)
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To: Bahbah

"This question was from Carl Cameron of Fox."

The same company that hired Terry McAuliffe.

The only reason Fox is singled out as conversative is so the MSM can point out that there is balance in MSM.

Fox is not conservative and MSM is furthering its Leftist propaganda by repeating such nonsense.


8 posted on 03/17/2005 4:59:51 PM PST by Prost1 (New AG, Berger still free!)
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To: alnick
The questions should be honest and their purpose should be to elicit facts. Playing a game of GOTCHA, using false premises, is not the same as asking tough questions.

I agree for the most part. There is far too much "gotcha journalism" in the White House Press Corps, but there is a huge distiction between "gotcha" and tough,extremely uncomfortable questions. No administration is going to be perfect. Decisions that benefit one group will hurt another. The questions asked, can be valuble for either strict fact finding or rhetorical value. Still, inviting gay prostitute shills to ask fawning questions does not help our case. We learn a lot by the answers to tough questions, and we learn to probe more into the questions that are left unanswered, deflected and the subject changed. Journalism, a free press, serves a vital role. The framers of the constitution said recognize the first amendment.

9 posted on 03/17/2005 6:37:37 PM PST by Diverdogz
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