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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 Road Warrior 04 (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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