I watched the CNN interview between former NBC reporter, now CNN hostess Campbell Brown a couple of times yesterday and read the fallout pieces associated with her going after Tucker Bounds about Sarah Palin's foreign policy experience. Bounds did a good job of fending of Brown, but she did get several digs in.
And then she ended the piece with "All right, Tucker, I'm just going to give it to ya, baby."
Now I'm sure there are thousands of guys out there who wouldn't mind being called "baby" by Mrs. Senor, but Lord forbid if Bounds had called her that.
So I ask, too, was this whole badgering of Bounds really designed to be ratings booster or was Brown really just being her normal feisty self? For Heaven's sakes, there's already an entry posted on her Wikipedia page about the incident two days ago now. Don't you find that a little odd?
Here is the reference: On September 1, 2008 Brown conducted a tough interview of Tucker
Bounds, a spokesman for Republican Presidential candidate John McCain.
In the interview, Bounds continually side-stepped Brown's questions
regarding McCain's vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin by
repeatedly changing the topic. The McCain campaign alleged that Brown
"went over the line" and canceled McCain's scheduled interview with
Larry King in response. CNN disputed the McCain's campaign's allegation
and defended Brown's questioning as appropriate.
If you have not seen the piece, watch here for yourself.
Now we're going to get to read a series of self-effacing pieces from the news media about how objective they're being. One thing I learned so long ago in this business is that reporters often are quite thin-skinned. If you call them onto the carpet, watch out. It's not going to be pleasant, now matter how many facts you have on your side.
And so it begins. The McCain people think the press is too soft on Obama, too tough on them. The Obama people likely think the press isn't tough enough on McCain. And Fred Thompson says, "What a breath of fresh air Gov. Sarah Palin is. She is from a small
town, with small town values, but that's not good enough for those
folks who are attacking her and her family. Let's be clear, the
selection of Gov. Palin has the other side and their friends in the
media in a state of panic. She is a courageous, successful reformer,
who is not afraid to take on the establishment."
For all you who might disagree with this assessment, please tell me a time last week at the DNC where Campbell Brown, Wolfe, John King, et al, heck, any reporter, grilled Obama, an Obama aide, Joe Biden, or anyone about Biden's kids, as intensely as they have hi-jacked the RNC event this week. I want you to show me examples of where the scrutiny has been as intense.
Please, just one.