To the General Manager of WFTV
Your interview Thursday with Joe Biden was not a tough interview, as many have held. It was an ambush interview. Perhaps Barbara West and Bob Jordan learned how to be Journalists from Bill O’Reilly‘s sprititual forefather, Joe Pyne.
Not simply an ambush, this interviewer’s questions were not simply woefully uninformed as the Obama camp would have it, but they were outright insulting to the intelligence of any reasonably educated and informed Viewer.
Ironically part of the title of the above video feed on YouTube says “Real Reporter Asks Real Questions.” Neither characterisation is true, judging from the content.
First, the questions about ACORN. Both candidates have a history with ACORN. So? Would not a balanced interview follow up with a question about GOP efforts to remove voters from the rolls in multiple states?
You seem to want to make something of the so called “redistribution” of wealth.
Little wonder Biden thought it might be a joke. To a real Journalist it would have been.
What do You think the immense 1.8 Trillion dollar tax cut was, when Bush was forced to sue to get into the White House in the 2000 attempted election? Does this Biden interviewer know who got most of that money?
Does this interviewer know anything about the corporate loophole filled US Tax Code? Does this interviewer have any familiarity at all with Republican legislation for the past eight years in this regard?
Ask them who benefitted the most from Bush’s tax giveaway of our surplus. If they don’t know, fire them for nonfeasance. If they DO know, fire them for ignoring the facts and preparing a set of interview questions intentionally false to fact. Karl Marx indeed.
WFTV news director Bob Jordan said, … “Mr. Biden didn’t like the questions,” Jordan said. “We choose not to ask softball questions.”
Jordan added, “I’m crying foul on this one.”
Cry whatever You want, Bob. If You think these were “hardball” questions, You should probably should go back to whatever You were doing before You decided to try Your hand at the news business. Because based on this interview, You don’t know what the hell You’re doing. You are either disingenuous, or actually do know nothing about recent events with regard to tax legislation, corporate lobbying, or what has passed for social policy under republican governance. And You need to know about such things to be a news director, Bob. You really should.
Here is how the interviewer, alleged “veteran Journalist” Barbara West, responded to the reactions to her encounter with Biden:
I think I asked him some pointed questions. These are questions that are rolling about right now and questions that need to be asked. I don’t think I was rude or inconsiderate to him. I think I was probing and maybe tough.
So, let me get this straight, Barbara, veteran that You are: You choose Your questions based on what is “rolling about right now?” What does this mean? That You mindlessly parrot whatever questions other equally uninformed talking heads are mindlessly parroting about now? Or that You choose Your questions based on what Your uninformed “news director” hands You without any actual research into the subjects of the interview on Your part?
I am a Journalist. And I am insulted, appalled, and aghast at the prospect that Your station, WFTV, would have the temerity to represent this “interview” as anything remotely resembling responsible, researched, informative Journalism. As a thoughtful, reasonably intelligent Citizen trying to do due diligence in informing myself about the important issues facing our country, I’m insulted. Looking at this interview, I couldn’t blame any Journalist or Journalistic Blogger who cares about the integrity of their information for wanting WFTV‘s hide for a doormat for such a breach.
As much has been made of Joe Biden’s tendency to be verbose, or commit gaffes by shooting from the hip, his performance in this encounter belies that. Biden handled himself beautifully, in the hands of an obviously non-thinking and ill infomed questioner. I think he was much kinder than was deserved.
This bubble-headed interviewer needs to get some research practice. Both Parties just gave away all of the tax revenue the US Government hopes to derive from the next 3 or more generations with this so called economic bailout, and these are the best questions You can come up with?
For what it’s worth,
My preliminary research suggests that WFTV‘s corporate parent, Cox Enterprises, is a good example of much that is wrong with the Fourth Estate today, in terms of media concentration of ownership, and a $1.5 million lobbying agenda.
Cox Holdings, Inc.
1400 Lake Hearn Dr. NE
Phone: 404 843 5327 404 269 1437
Fax: +1 404 572 1801
CoxTVsURL [at] cox.com