Specifically, they insist on it.
Yesterday CNN's Campbell Brown interviewed McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. After commiserating over having ridiculous names, Brown did something nearly unheard of in modern political reporting — she actually tried to get Brown to answer the fucking question put to him — which in this case was about Sarah Palin's foreign policy experience. You can see the clip here. Watch the part where she tries to get him to specify what Palin does as Commander in Chief of the Alaska National Guard.
Of course, in this day and age to be a good reporter you're just supposed to sit there and take the talking-point bend-over from whatever blow-dried Mouth of Sauron your producer has dredged up. So apparently Brown's attempt to get a straight answer has caused offense, and the McCain campaign has canceled an appearance before the octogenarian fellator Larry King, saying that Brown's conduct was "over the line." And it's true, if the line is drawn between being a primped game-show-host and being a real damned journalist.
If Brown's terrier-like pursuit of Bounds was shocking, it was only because it is so rare. ALL the goddamn interviews should be like that, of both sides. (Believe me there are plenty of Obama happy-talkers who need to undergo Socratic questioning until they wet their non-exploitatively-cultivated hemp underdrawers.) CNN ought to drag some Obama flack on today and throw them into Brown's cage just to dispel the suggestion that the interview was biased. Reporters are not supposed to be spokesmodels.
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