2008 OMG: A Reporter Not a Stenographer!
posted by January 18 at 8:22 AMon
Romney lies and a reporter busts him—in real time, on camera. Romney says his campaign isn’t run by lobbyists, and he doesn’t have lobbyists “tied to” his campaign. Watch this:
The reporter sitting on the floor putting actual, tough, reality-based questions to Romney is AP reporter Glen Johnson—and someone ought to pin a medal on him. Romney lied, Johnson called him on it. He didn’t run off and find a Democrat or a rival for the GOP nomination to “dispute Romney’s claim.” He reacted the way any reporter—any person—ought to react when they’re being lied to.
And you gotta love the Romney campaign douchebag/senior staffer that reprimands Johnson for “being argumentative with the candidate.” God fucking forbid. And I love the Romney supporter who felt the Johnson was “rude”—as opposed to, you know, the candidate that just lied to her face. But most of all you gotta love Johnson’s response. The staffer tells Johnson to “save your opinions,” and “act professional.” and Johnson responds like any professional reporter should: “It’s not an opinion. It’s a documentable fact.”
Thank you for that, Glen Johnson. I’m sure it won’t be but… gee… wouldn’t it be nice if Johnson’s stand marked an end to the kind of reporting characterized by leads like this: “Leading Democrats-today contested the president’s assertion that the moon is made of green cheese.”