Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Model For How To Interview a Republican

Last night on MSNBC, I witnessed one of the best TV interviews I have seen in a long time. Reporter David Schuster was filling in for Tucker Carlson on his show, Tucker (usually a safe haven for war mongering Republicans who want to talk about "substantive" issues like de-funding Columbia University, investigating the New York Times, or setting up straw man arguments against Democrats). Schuster was interviewing Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee (a loyal Rove talking point spewer), when Schuster stopped her from going on and on about the stupid "General Betray Us" ad and asked her about Rush Limbaugh using the exact same phrase against Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE). She made a half-assed attempt to say the two things were not comparable, and attempted to get back to the talking points. Not so fast...

Schuster then asked her if she knew the name of the last soldier that died in Iraq from her district. She, naturally, did not. Schuster asked why she could "cite chapter and verse about the MoveOn ad, but didn't know the dead soldier's name." She looked shocked and had no response. This is exactly how to deal with Republican lawmakers on television. Schuster is a genius. Fortunately, there is a YouTube, so you, too, can enjoy it.

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