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Christine O’Donnell Defends Piers Morgan Walk-Out: ‘Borderline Sexual Harassment’
MEDIAITE ^ | 08/19/2011 | Colby Hall

Posted on 08/19/2011 12:18:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Judge solely by the amount of attention she has received this week, it’s fair to say that Tea Party darling and aspiring media figure Christine O’Donnell has been successful at promoting her new book Troublemaker. But if you draw a distinction between the quantity and quality of media attention, well then perhaps its a different story all together. This morning O’Donnell showed up on NBC’s TODAY and was fairly interrogated by Savannah Guthrie who questioned O’Donnell’s previous explanations for why exactly she walked off of the set of Piers Morgan Tonight earlier in the week.

For the uninitiated, Morgan pressed O’Donnell on her position on gay marriage, a fair question seeing that it is a topic she includes in her book and is a controversial issue in the upcoming election season. Guthrie did not let the former Tea Party favorite off the hook, essentially asking her “what were you thinking in walking off the set mid-interview?”

Guthrie then challenged an assertion made by O’Donnell in a previous interview that Morgan was being somewhat sexist in his line of questioning, which led to the following exchange (rough transcript provided by TVEyes):

Guthrie: Let’s talk about that because you said flat out you think this line of questioning was sexist. but how do you get to that? The fact of the matter is you have had — you’ve made these comments about masturbation in your past, in the ’90s, and then you write about this in the book you are currently promoting. How is that not fair game? It is common practice to ask any politician, male or female, about their views.

O’Donnell: Right. I addressed — okay. I addressed the questions and I put it in context that, no, Ii would not do that interview again. I explained why I did the MTV interview in the ’90s, but then it goes into a personal nature and starts prying. Imagine if Bill Clinton were there. Would he ask him, do you still hang out with Monica Lewinsky? Come on, we talked about it in the ’90s? Do you still have that fascination with cigars, Bill? Come on, what’s wrong with this? No. If he did ask a male former candidate about that the outcry would be that it belonged on pay-per-view and not a reputable network like CNN. It was an inappropriate line of questioning. I addressed it the way I do in my book. What’s the same about this, Savannah, is the reviews that I’ve gotten, the people who have read the book, even if they disagree with me politically they tell me they finding it surprising and motivational story, that they really are enjoying the book. And all of this, you know, just like what happened in the campaign, the real message is being overshadowed. . that’s a shame because he’s doing it for ratings.

Guthrie: You say they are doing it for ratings. Let’s be honest, you’re wanting to sell books. Some people say it’s a publicity stunt on your part.

O’Donnell: Please. I didn’t want to do Piers Morgan, Honestly because I knew he resorted to these dirty tricks. no, it was certainly not a publicity stunt.

So not only does O’Donnell aggrandize herself by saying that she didn’t want to “do Piers Morgan” (implying that she was somehow a “get” or that she was doing CNN a favor by appearing on the show), but she also likens the line of questioning — and her political stature perhaps — to that of former president Bill Clinton. Huh?

The bottom line is this: whatever O’Donnell is doing to get attention is working. Whether its the sort of attention that will reclaim any sort of reputable image, sell books or just reinforce what many in the public already think of her remains to be seen.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: christineodonnell; piersmorgan; walkout
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1 posted on 08/19/2011 12:18:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

it’s interesting how the liberal-progressives and the rino-progressives do not like christine.

hopefully, they will receive the same treatment in their lives.


2 posted on 08/19/2011 12:21:38 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I watched the interview. I think she’s trippin.

Piers Morgan is a tool, but his questions about gay marriage were reasonable. I just wonder why she wouldn’t answer.


3 posted on 08/19/2011 12:25:17 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: SeekAndFind

The interview with Morgan didn’t seem that rough. It looks to me like the victim card was played.


4 posted on 08/19/2011 12:25:35 PM PDT by brownsfan (I miss the America I grew up in.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I like Christine O’Donnel. And I don’t like Morgan. One little bit. But she showed that she’s not ready. If you can’t handle Morgy, then you’re not ready. Take a little bit longer of a break Christine. Come back when you’re not so gun shy.


5 posted on 08/19/2011 12:25:43 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt hole. By Hezbollah Hobbitt.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No matter what MEDIATE’S Colby Hall’s take on it is, if you read the transcript of the interview she did with a hostile Savannah Guthrie, O’Donnell aquitted herself quite well.

I enjoy watching the dinosaur media get their nose out of joint when somebody disses them and their antics.


6 posted on 08/19/2011 12:26:16 PM PDT by ngat
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To: SeekAndFind

That was a pretty snotty article by Colby Hall.

I have taken note.


7 posted on 08/19/2011 12:27:14 PM PDT by sauropod (ObaMao: Let them eat peas!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Saw the video online... it was a publicity stunt on her part.


8 posted on 08/19/2011 12:27:18 PM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

She’s ridiculous. She’s always been ridiculous and we have to stop supporting people WHO CANNOT WIN. Walking out of an interview because you don’t like the question? Really?


9 posted on 08/19/2011 12:28:20 PM PDT by Hildy (Hollywood liberals once embraced Communism "because they hadn't invented Pilates yet"- David Mamet)
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To: ken21

I am reading the book, now. About a 3rd of the way through. I can think of many other things I’d like to ask her than what these media goons are asking. I think her walking out on the interview and the continued attacks on her will create a backlash against the media, not against her. This is helping her, not hurting.


10 posted on 08/19/2011 12:29:02 PM PDT by MarkLevinFan (Some are wise and some are otherwise)
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To: barstoolblues

I don’t think walking out on the British snob was being gunshy at all. It said I don’t give a rat’s a** about you and CNN.


11 posted on 08/19/2011 12:29:08 PM PDT by ngat
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To: barstoolblues
I don't like Morgan or O'Donnell. I always thought she was a publicity-seeker and this behaviour fits in with that impression. Just more “look at me” and trying to keep the cameras on her for a few minutes longer. Morgan is desperately trying to be another David Frost. It ain't happening. He needs to go back to being nasty to amateur dancers and singers. That's more his speed.
12 posted on 08/19/2011 12:29:45 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: barstoolblues

Agreed! She’s not strong.


13 posted on 08/19/2011 12:30:03 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (democRATS—just doing al Qaeda ground work? Obama owns it all now.)
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To: Hildy

Hey, Karl... is that you?


14 posted on 08/19/2011 12:31:00 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Hildy

Just think, had the republicans actually supported her Obamacare would never have passed.

But no!


15 posted on 08/19/2011 12:31:46 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
I never liked O'Donnell much.

Her significance was that she had a slim chance of taking a seat in DE. I backed her on that; she would have been far better than the other guy.

However, she is not of the calibre for a national figure.

16 posted on 08/19/2011 12:33:06 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: TribalPrincess2U

So, sitting there while some smarmy lib tries to get you to talk about masturbation on CNN is your definition od strong?


17 posted on 08/19/2011 12:34:16 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Retired Greyhound

Bingo. He’s filth, and she’s conservative (and yummy to boot!) but what an absolute embarassment she was on that night. What is it about Piers? He also got the best of Ann Coulter a few weeks ago. He said REALLY STUPID CRAP that could have been swatted out of the park, but Ann was flat-footed at best.


18 posted on 08/19/2011 12:35:08 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: ngat

This was a hit job. What, am I on DU or FR? It’s hard to tell sometimes.


19 posted on 08/19/2011 12:36:10 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: BenKenobi

>>Just think, had the republicans actually supported her Obamacare would never have passed.

But no!<<

Spot on.
Truth hurts, doesn’t it?


20 posted on 08/19/2011 12:36:19 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: ngat

Ok. Maybe trigger happy would be a better term.

But there was’t really sufficient reason for her to get on her high horse.
It looked like a show. Not genuine righteous anger. Amatuer.

I heard her on Hannity earlier in the week and thought she was great.
But this made her critics on our side look like they have a point.


21 posted on 08/19/2011 12:39:07 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt hole. By Hezbollah Hobbitt.)
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To: ngat

Ok. Maybe trigger happy would be a better term.

But there was’t really sufficient reason for her to get on her high horse.
It looked like a show. Not genuine righteous anger. Amatuer.

I heard her on Hannity earlier in the week and thought she was great.
But this made her critics on our side look like they have a point.


22 posted on 08/19/2011 12:39:24 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt hole. By Hezbollah Hobbitt.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This is attack journalism and it is reserved for people that their they dislike. These professionals are basically hecklers asking loaded questions with no interest in a balanced interview.
23 posted on 08/19/2011 12:40:46 PM PDT by oldbrowser (They're socialists don't call them liberals)
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To: Siena Dreaming
However, she is not of the calibre for a national figure.

I don't know about that...IMO, she's of the same calibre of the "Mom in Tennis Shoes". ;^)

24 posted on 08/19/2011 12:44:20 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: oldbrowser
with no interest in a balanced interview

Or listening to the answer. This is Clown Journalism 101, these sup par intellects are so busy posturing for their fellow Journ-o-list blow hards they cannot see how childish and absurd their behavior is to watch.

25 posted on 08/19/2011 12:44:45 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving politicians more tax money is like giving addicts free drugs to cure their addiction)
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To: ngat

Uh, she didn’t. She cut it short.


26 posted on 08/19/2011 12:44:51 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (democRATS—just doing al Qaeda ground work? Obama owns it all now.)
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To: Siena Dreaming

“However, she is not of the calibre for a national figure.”

How was she trying to be a “national figure”? She was only trying to be the senatorial representative of a 3-county state whose ex-senator rode the train to Washington. That’s somewhat like being elected to City Council where I come from. Due to the historical accident of Delaware being one of the original 13 colnies, these locals get 2 senators, but in a provincial sense, and in a big-media age, does it really mean she would have been a “national figure”.


27 posted on 08/19/2011 12:45:27 PM PDT by ngat
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To: MNJohnnie

Hey there! Seems like old times, doesn’t it?


28 posted on 08/19/2011 12:47:12 PM PDT by MarkLevinFan (Some are wise and some are otherwise)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

She should have embarrassed him and good about his obsession with sex. She did try but it wasn’t strong enough. She is a good person but sorry, she isn’t ready for the big time.


29 posted on 08/19/2011 12:48:19 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (democRATS—just doing al Qaeda ground work? Obama owns it all now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Christine O’Donnell didn’t know how to handle hostile media when she ran for the senate last year and apparently she hasn’t learned all that much, since. Miss O’Donnell should watch old clips of Ronald Reagan fielding tough questions from a hostile press corp or, perhaps more relevant, watch Sarah Palin as she has matured in her handling of hostile questions from the MSM. If you’re a conservative politician, when the media shows up, you’re always going to be in ‘enemy territory’. You have to know how to deal with it or be quickly eviscerated by the always-antagonistic media. Most politicians figure it out. A few don’t e.g. Richard Nixon, but those are the exception. Sarah Palin was subtly skewered by Katie Couric in one of Palin’s first network TV interviews - but that was 3 long years ago. She’s learned. Christine O’Donnell still needs to. One free tip: during a hostile interview, when possible and if not inappropriate, use humor as a deflection. You’re welcome.


30 posted on 08/19/2011 12:52:30 PM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: SeekAndFind

Heard the audio first then saw the video.

She was so over the top dramatic it was kind of silly. Morgan is a d*ck but he was asking reasonable questions. Lightweight questions. Either she is a loon or her and her people intended on walking out before they got there.

What happened made no sense because she was being done a favor because her book was being promoted. The reason she was there was to sell books. Heck, Morgan even said he liked the book. After seeing her I would not buy anything she was selling. Strange gal...


31 posted on 08/19/2011 12:53:39 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Heard the audio first then saw the video.

She was so over the top dramatic it was kind of silly. Morgan is a d*ck but he was asking reasonable questions. Lightweight questions. Either she is a loon or her and her people intended on walking out before they got there.

What happened made no sense because she was being done a favor because her book was being promoted. The reason she was there was to sell books. Heck, Morgan even said he liked the book. After seeing her I would not buy anything she was selling. Strange gal...


32 posted on 08/19/2011 12:53:53 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: barstoolblues

“But there was’t really sufficient reason for her to get on her high horse.”

We can agree to disagree on this one. But when that Pervy Piers Morgan tried to take the interview where he did, I wanted to get on my high horse and horsewhip the guy, because that showed contempt for both his guest and his American audience. Are we supposed to pretend we don’t know when we are being ridiculed?


33 posted on 08/19/2011 12:54:18 PM PDT by ngat
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To: ngat

You act as if Piers asked the masturbation question without pretense.

She was very outspoken about the issue at one time. I don’t think it was an unfair question. She should have just answered it instead of being defensive.


34 posted on 08/19/2011 12:54:55 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: BenKenobi
Just think, had the republicans actually supported her Obamacare would never have passed.

Hate to correct you, but Obamacare had already passed by the time Christine ran in 2010.

35 posted on 08/19/2011 12:58:43 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: MarkLevinFan

good.


36 posted on 08/19/2011 1:02:44 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

“Uh, she didn’t. She cut it short.”

Uh, you were agreeing with barstool that she appeared “gunshy” by walking out by saying walking out wasn’t strong, remember? I’m saying walking out on Pervy Piers was stronger than putting up with his disrespect.


37 posted on 08/19/2011 1:06:06 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Retired Greyhound

Agreed. She should have just answered the question. I’m so sick of so called conservatives wimping out when it comes to criticizing homosexuality.


38 posted on 08/19/2011 1:06:09 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: ngat
How was she trying to be a “national figure”?

She was obviously vaunted into the national spotlight day after day and now she's trying to get her book to receive national publicity.

I understand she was trying to be elected for DE and I backed her for the seat against her opponent. But now some may mistake her for some kind of national spokesperson; she doesn't have the calibre for that IMO.

39 posted on 08/19/2011 1:08:28 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: ngat

I guess the real question is if she can’t deal with a broke dick like Piers Morgan and walks out how well would she deal with Valamir Putin or one of those muzzie boys?


40 posted on 08/19/2011 1:09:02 PM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver
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To: Doctor 2Brains

She should have just answered by accusing him of being a phone hacker.

He would have walked off his own show.


41 posted on 08/19/2011 1:10:27 PM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Wrong. Totally illegitimate line of questioning. See the O’Donnell interview with Guthrie. When you go on CNN to talk about a senatorial race you were in less than a year ago, you don’t have to put up with the British version of David Letterman bringing up some MTV comedy show from 15 years ago. I’m beginning to think you wouldn’t even know when you are being punked.


42 posted on 08/19/2011 1:12:43 PM PDT by ngat
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To: SeekAndFind
I thought David Gregory attempted to do the same thing to Michele Bachmann this past Sunday, questioning her about her views on homosexuality at the end of the interview. Michele didn't walk out, but it's the only part of the interview she didn't handle well IMO.

Of course, in both cases, the interviewers brought up the topic in an effort to paint Michele and Christine as extremists, and both Michele and Christine obviously understood the motive for the question at the time, and didn't want to answer the question for that reason. Still the audience is composed of people who run the ideological spectrum from left to right, and with that consideration, conservatives do have to figure out better ways of handling such questions while still imparting the message they desire to leave in the minds of the viewing audience.

While Piers relentlessly pursued his question regarding Christine's homosexual views, the situation didn't appear bad enough for someone to react by getting up and walking off. It's too bad we must constantly view Christine in defense and victim mode. Her reaction unfortunately spawned more of the same in subsequent interviews. Christine has some intelligent comments to make, and it would be nice if we had more of an opportunity to hear them.

These situations are difficult when we're attempting to win over people hearts and minds, and we should put our heads together and figure out the best way to deal with them.

43 posted on 08/19/2011 1:12:43 PM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: RVN Airplane Driver

LOL. Piers Morgan on the level of Putin or a Muslim terrorist? that IS FUNNY! Did you think she was running for president?

Anyway, she was only running for senator of DELAWARE! All she would have had to do was cast one of two votes for Delaware. Which I’m pretty sure would have been way better than the votes that are being cast by Coons, or would have been cast by Castle.


44 posted on 08/19/2011 1:19:35 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Siena Dreaming

C’mon, she’s just trying to sell some books and defend herself against the smears of the democrats, the backstabbers of her own party, and now trashbags like Pervy Piers Morgan.


45 posted on 08/19/2011 1:23:00 PM PDT by ngat
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t flame me for saying this but IMO, she’s too toxic for conservatives and the TEA party. Something is a little “off” with her.


46 posted on 08/19/2011 1:25:43 PM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: ngat

You don’t think a U.S. Senator is a national figure?


47 posted on 08/19/2011 1:29:09 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: Retired Greyhound

I received this from one of our own FReepers: “CNN deceitfully clipped Christine O’Donnell’s Piers Morgan creepy interview, to change the impression of what really happened.

CNN tried to HIDE the creepy questions that caused Christine O’Donnell - after her 30 minute time allotment was expired and already past time — to walk out of the interview to go to her next appointment, where she was already late.

In the creepy segment that CNN has tried to hide,

Piers Morgan asks Christine O’Donnell about masturbation

Piers Morgan declares that he is pro-masturbation
Piers Morgan asks if Christine O’Donnell has committed lust in her heart

Following these questions, Christine O’Donnell took one more question, and then decided to leave — because she was well past the 30 minute time agreed upon.

SEE FOR YOURSELF AT:

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2011/08/17/piers.christine.odonnell.sex.cnn?iref=allsearch

Two stories; one is correct. Is the LIB version correct? Or is the COD version correct? To my mind, IF the LIB version is correct, it will be the first truthful thing they have ever said!

The video might only work within Firefox.

Piers Morgan has tried to portray his questions on gay marriage as (barely) relevant. It was Morgan asking the question repeatedly which was the last straw, not the question itself.

Yet Morgans’ discussions of the interview are deceitful.

Morgan conveniently fails to disclose his previous questions about masturbation and lust.


48 posted on 08/19/2011 1:32:54 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: isthisnickcool
Morgan is a d*ck but he was asking reasonable questions.

The question was off topic and she politely deflected it. He came back to the question over and over again. He was trying to get a negative soundbite from her that would be used against the tea party and conservatives. She was not going to give it to him and he wasn't going to give up trying to she just walked out. Good for her.

49 posted on 08/19/2011 1:35:45 PM PDT by oldbrowser (They're socialists don't call them liberals)
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To: NTHockey

Well given your explanation this puts the context of the entire interview in a different light.

Now we really understand why Christine walked out.


50 posted on 08/19/2011 1:36:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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