One trivial question after another, ignoring one substantive answer after another.
In the near aftermath of what’s been called France’s 9/11, all the U.S. press corps in Antalya wanted to know about was whether President Obama thought he had looked tough enough, or whether he somehow had not considered a bonehead-obvious idea. You can see the whole embarrassing spectacle here (Q&A begins at 5:43).
And after Obama patiently explained how grownups think about difficult issues, they’d ask the same childish questions again.
- Because those are the questions that uninformed people ask
- A lot of uninformed people are watching
- So we should ask the questions they want asked.
And that’s how far too many reporters, who I’m sure are convinced they’re only serving the public, have made it their job to keep the public uninformed.