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Obama Camp Spitting Mad about Fox News Interview
Ace of Spades ^ | March 17, 2008 | Staff

Posted on 03/17/2008 11:48:44 AM PDT by jdm

Obama's Friday interview by Major Garrett, in which he describes his membership at Trinity United and his connection to Rev. Wright, has been called one of his worst ever. At the time, people were wondering what he could have been thinking, especially given the Democrats on-again-off-again boycott of Fox News.

Melanie Morgan says that as soon as it aired Garrett got an earful:

As I was waiting to go on-the-air, Major Garrett of Fox News was on stand-by to do further reporting on his excellent interview with BHO in which he simply asked a number of questions like: "Did Reverend Wright marry you? Did Reverend Wright baptize your children? How often did you attend church? Did you donate money to the church?"

After that segment aired, Major Garrett's phone started buzzing. He received a call from Obama's campaign, and they were REAMING him over the report. From his end, I heard Garrett say "I have nothing to apologize for."

He repeated that several times, and he amplified by saying that he was merely asking questions that everyone wanted answers to.

That did NOT satisfy Obama's people, and Garrett flushed a couple of times while responding to the invective thrown his way.

Strategically, *I'm not sure why Obama would choose to go only to Fox News with this story, especially because I don't think that anyone ever believed this one would be confined to "conservative" media. So far it looks like every decision he's made about Wright has only made him look worse. Obama himself admits that "my judgment at the time [that he asked Wright to join his campaign] was that this was not as problematic as what I've seen over the last couple of days.

Genius.

Transcript of the interview is here. YouTube video is below the fold.

h/t Greg Pollowitz at National Review's Media Blog.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democratparty; elections; fox; foxnews; interview; majorgarrett; nobama; obama
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*NOTE: There is an error in this piece. Obama didn't just go on FNC last Friday, he also went on CNN and MSNBC.
1 posted on 03/17/2008 11:48:47 AM PDT by jdm
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To: jdm

That’s WHY he went on Fox, people...

So it could be dismissed as “right-Wing Hate Speech”.

His advisor screwed up, badly. And the Clinton’s are LOVING it.


2 posted on 03/17/2008 11:51:34 AM PDT by tcrlaf (VOTE DEMOCRAT-You'll look great in a Burka!)
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To: jdm

Major sounded like a prosecutor; it was great.


3 posted on 03/17/2008 11:51:37 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: jdm
...how dare someone ask a question he don't want to respond to.......
4 posted on 03/17/2008 11:51:42 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: jdm

Major Garrett did an excellent job!

Senator Obama, you can’t fool all the people all the time and so on and so forth...


5 posted on 03/17/2008 11:52:10 AM PDT by griswold3 (Al queda is guilty of hirabah (war against society) Penalty is death.)
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To: jdm

Not ready for prime time. Not ready for Saturday morning cartoons, for that matter.


6 posted on 03/17/2008 11:52:35 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: jdm

Did he touch “the Lord’s” “anointed”?


7 posted on 03/17/2008 11:53:34 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: jdm

Looks like Obama call play softball. And he wants to be in the major league?


8 posted on 03/17/2008 11:55:02 AM PDT by Long Island Pete
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To: jdm

It was just the kind of agressive grilling lefties give each other awards for — when the person being questioned is conservative.


9 posted on 03/17/2008 11:55:47 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

aGGressive


10 posted on 03/17/2008 11:56:51 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: jdm; All
Here's the interesting part.

After the segment was over, I exchanged seats with Beckel. As he was leaving, he slammed the studio door so hard that it almost broke some expensive audio/video equipment, according to the technican who was threading my microphone.

He was STEAMED.

Later, I asked him why he was so upset.

He replied ...”because Obama’s people didn't vet him and now Hillary's going to win.’

11 posted on 03/17/2008 11:58:06 AM PDT by McGruff (Tribal name: 'One with many knives in back')
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To: tcrlaf
Fox has some really great reporters.

Put Britt Hume on a network news with 5-6 of the Fox News reporters and I guarantee that network owns the time slot.

12 posted on 03/17/2008 11:58:27 AM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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To: McGruff

I thought Beckel was in the Clinton camp.


13 posted on 03/17/2008 12:01:00 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: jdm

I want to know why Major Garrett didn’t ask him some simple follow up questions.


14 posted on 03/17/2008 12:01:29 PM PDT by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: McGruff

I hadn’t read down that far. Thanks for including that passage on the thread.


15 posted on 03/17/2008 12:02:09 PM PDT by jdm
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To: Mr. Mojo

That was back before Obama got really popular, I believe.


16 posted on 03/17/2008 12:02:36 PM PDT by jdm
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To: jdm
A real reporter asking real questions and that doesn't set well. What's funny, is that they are getting wads in a bunch over yes and no answers to the questions. BHO ran into a real reporter rather than a supporter and it's left a mark!
17 posted on 03/17/2008 12:02:40 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead, then kill 'em again!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

That’s exactly what I was thinking at the time—that Garrett sounded like he was cross-examining Obama.


18 posted on 03/17/2008 12:07:23 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Bi-partisanship: Democrats and RINOs working together to screw up the country)
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To: Mr. Mojo
I thought Beckel was in the Clinton camp.

Me, too.

19 posted on 03/17/2008 12:07:39 PM PDT by lainie ("You had your time, you had the power, you've yet to have your finest hour" (Roger Taylor, 1984))
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To: jdm
Obama looks as guilty and nervous as a pregnant nun.
20 posted on 03/17/2008 12:08:22 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Good its about time so one tried to get a straight answer.


21 posted on 03/17/2008 12:09:08 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: jdm
Is it OK to call him Hussein again?
22 posted on 03/17/2008 12:09:56 PM PDT by claudiustg (We're Whiggin' out!)
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To: jdm

Obama was ill prepared and for the first couple minutes just kept answering “yes” to Garrett’s string of questions. Then Obama’s explanations were weak.


23 posted on 03/17/2008 12:11:58 PM PDT by Williams
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To: misterrob

Britt Milquetoast Hume?


24 posted on 03/17/2008 12:12:38 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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To: jdm
I saw the interview and that it was boring. Major asked him simple questions and O'bama gave simple answers.

I do not understand why they are mad.
25 posted on 03/17/2008 12:12:48 PM PDT by elizabetty (Congratulations Evangelicals for getting John McCain nominated.)
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To: Mr. Mojo; lainie
Bob predicted that it would be Obama/Clinton...perhaps he was betting on the “dream team” ticket.
26 posted on 03/17/2008 12:13:11 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: jdm
I saw that interview and I remember thinking at the time, why don't all ‘journalists’ approach all issues just that way?

The interviewee didn't get a single inch if wiggle room, like interviewees are used to getting in the typical puff piece on other networks. The interviewee had only to answer simple direct questions put in a simple direct way. THAT would keep ALL public officials honest! When did we EVER get into the chatty and chummy interviews that produce no information and are really just an opportunity for two idiots with over sized egos to see themselves all over the screen?

27 posted on 03/17/2008 12:13:17 PM PDT by SMARTY ('At some point you get tired of swatting flies, and you have to go for the manure heap' Gen. LeMay)
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To: jdm

I saw the interview while it was being broadcast. The questions were “good” but the most important questions were not asked:

“Mr. Obama, do you really expect the American voting public to believe that in the 20 years that you attended that church that not one time did you hear the anti-America comments?”

“Do you really believe that the American voting public is so gullible and stupid to believe that?”

Re: Faux News.....

I have heard others on FR rave about Faux News. I suppose I must be further to the right than the other posters are. I find Faux News to be just as leftist as some of the MSM.

As soon as they agree to “interview” the likes of sHrillary, BJ Klintoon, “Shakedown” Jackson, “Race Pimp” Sharpton and now Barry, then they are immediately giving them credibility.

They should all be ignored by Faux News. “Fair and balanced” is a figment of their imagination designed to lure unthinking people into believing that Faux News is “conservative.”


28 posted on 03/17/2008 12:13:29 PM PDT by El Gran Salseron ("Terisn" is my new favorite word. Thank you, Allegra.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

I missed it... Did Major swoon at Obama’s magical melodious eloquence?


29 posted on 03/17/2008 12:13:32 PM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: Mr. Mojo
Major sounded like a prosecutor; I>

which is exactly what the DBM questioners like Tim Russert always act like when interviewing conservatives, sometimes asking the same question five times....questions like "Don't you want to apologize." It's about time the tables were turned.

30 posted on 03/17/2008 12:14:23 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: jdm

I’m waiting with popcorn kernels at the ready for some poor sumbitch in the media using the term Obama’s tar-baby.


31 posted on 03/17/2008 12:14:45 PM PDT by AU72
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To: jdm

Ha!....thanks for posting this....


32 posted on 03/17/2008 12:15:11 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: jdm

Goodbye Obama!....You lose!


33 posted on 03/17/2008 12:16:44 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Long Island Pete
All Obama's ever done is play "pitch and catch" with a willing, fawning press.

He obviously can't handle even a creampuff pitch, much less a high-hard-one or a curveball.

34 posted on 03/17/2008 12:17:00 PM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out Of Qurans)
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To: elizabetty

Because Obama went on record with some answers that are easily check-out-able. Like that he had never heard the Good Rev’run make hateful, racist, black supremacist statements. Didn’t matter that it was boring, he was pinning him down like a bug in a bug collection.


35 posted on 03/17/2008 12:17:18 PM PDT by ichabod1 ("Self defense is not only our right, it is our duty." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: jdm
I hear that Juan Williams has few questions for Mr. BO too. Maybe FNC channel could ask him back.

I can only imagine the language of that post interview phone call from the Obama campaign.

36 posted on 03/17/2008 12:17:52 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: jdm
From Flopping Aces:

The Great Sales Pitch From Obama

**********************EXCERPT*********************

recently found this long review of Obama’s first book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. It was written a year ago by Steve Sailer and its a review of a book in which much is revealed on what makes Obama tick, and why he would be so dangerous as President of our country:

Why haven’t many grasped the book’s essence? First, Obama’s elegant, carefully wrought prose style makes Dreams a frustratingly slow read, which may explain why the book was remaindered in 1995, and why so few of the many who have purchased it following his famous keynote address at the 2004 Democratic convention appear to have read much of it.

Second, the plot isn’t that interesting: his first three decades are too lacking in incident to make a page-turning story. Obama has led a fairly pleasant existence, with most of its suffering and conflict taking place within his own head as he tries to turn himself into an authentic angry black man.

Third, there is the confusing contrast between the confident, suave master politician we see on television and the tormented narrator of Dreams, who is an updated Black Pride version of the old “tragic mulatto” stereotype found in “Show Boat” and “Imitation of Life.”

Which Obama is real?


37 posted on 03/17/2008 12:18:07 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Miss Didi
Bob predicted that it would be Obama/Clinton...perhaps he was betting on the “dream team” ticket.

Exactly! IIRC, I was watching the coverage after Ohio and Texas and Beckel was heavily promoting his "dream ticket" idea.

38 posted on 03/17/2008 12:18:13 PM PDT by colorado tanker (Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .)
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To: claudiustg

If not Hussein, how about Barack X.


39 posted on 03/17/2008 12:19:53 PM PDT by Helen
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
......Which Obama is real?....

If he wasn't a slave descendant, he was a slaver descendant.

40 posted on 03/17/2008 12:20:41 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Never say never (there'll be a VP you'll like))
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To: McGruff; TheStickman

HA HA!!!!

Beckel was about to blow a gasket.

Stickman- check this out what Beckel said why he was so pissed off.


41 posted on 03/17/2008 12:21:11 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us nature wallpapers)
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To: jdm

I thought Garrett did a respectful interview.


42 posted on 03/17/2008 12:21:31 PM PDT by Biblebelter (I will NEVER EVER vote for McCain or any other current Senator.)
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To: elizabetty
My take also. I thought it was boring. Hussein Obama should have been asked more follow-up questions.
43 posted on 03/17/2008 12:22:55 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: jdm

I think “Major” Garrett deserves a promotion to “General” for that interview.

He really went after Barack HUSSEIN!! Now he should interview Hillary and nail both of them!


44 posted on 03/17/2008 12:23:09 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: jdm; dighton; Ezekial; Grampa Dave
That did NOT satisfy Obama's people, and Garrett flushed a couple of times while responding to the invective thrown his way.

How cool is that! Do the interview in "the small room" and when you don't like what you hear tilt the lever!

45 posted on 03/17/2008 12:24:13 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: jdm
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I liked the prosecutorial tone. It was clear that Obama was "on the stand." Garrett could have been weaselier, like most reporters, but he knew he had limited time, and couldn't waste time with the Hope and Change rap.

46 posted on 03/17/2008 12:25:33 PM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: El Gran Salseron

FOXNews does not advertise itself as “conservative”, it’s just called that as a perjorative by the left. Fox has interviewed many RATS and not treated them with kid gloves as the rest of the media does. That’s why RATS are reluctant to appear on Fox. Remember bill clinton’s tantrum?

BTW, keith olberman also calls Fox “Faux News”. Maybe you’re more of an olberman fan?


47 posted on 03/17/2008 12:26:14 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: jdm
Just What Did Obama Know About Wright's Past Sermons? (Plenty)

“Barack Obama either agreed with what was preached from the Trinity pulpit, or he tuned it out and stayed around pretending to for political reasons. To say he stayed for 20 years but doesn't agree with Wright's preaching is incredible denial. It'd be like a man buying White Sox season tickets for 20 years, attending the games, and saying he's not a fan.”

Obama’s supporters want us to ignore this story… just push it under the rug. While they’ll align Republicans with any obscure pastor who does or says something controversial, they’re trying to convince us that Obama’s 20-year long close relationship with Wright, including his effective endorsement of him, his church and rhetoric with a $22,500 donation in 2006 is irrelevant.

“When Obama decided against wearing an American flag pin, we may all have been a bit too quick to accept his rationale, too quick to find that issue unimportant. Now, that American flag pin has gotten a lot bigger for a lot of us, especially in light of what may have been and may still be Obama’s deeper, and, perhaps, secret, less than patriotic beliefs about America.”

“Wright says that blacks can’t be expected to sing God Bless America because of racism. Obama doesn’t salute the flag during the National Anthem. That sure strikes me as an amazing coincidence since Obama swears he never heard Wright say anything against America.”


48 posted on 03/17/2008 12:27:11 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: McGruff
He replied ...”because Obama’s people didn't vet him and now Hillary's going to win.’

No! Obama will win the Dem nomination. How can they repudiate their own left wing cant? But Obama will get blown out in the general election, and the Dems know it. It's over.

49 posted on 03/17/2008 12:27:34 PM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Watch it here:



'Completely Unacceptable'
Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama discusses his pastor's controversial sermons

50 posted on 03/17/2008 12:28:12 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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