On Hardball today, Matthews talked about Obama's excellent interaction with the military in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Politico's Roger Simon, a Villager extraordinaire said that the middle east trip is going swimmingly so far. Andrea Mitchell did confirm that Maliki indeed backed Obama on his Iraq plans because he brought up Obama's name by himself in his interview over the weekend earlier in the interview, but then she said a very odd thing about his "message management" as some footage of Obama played in the background on MSNBC.
Andrea: Let me say something about his message management. He didn't have reporters with him. He didn't have a press pool. He didn't do a press conference while he was on the ground either on Afghanistan or Iraq. What you're seeing is not reporters brought in, you're seeing selected pictures taken by the military, questioned by the military and what some would call fake interviews because they're not interviews with a journalist so there's a real press issue here. Politically it's smart as can be, but we've not seen a Presidential candidate do this in my recollection ever before.
I don't think journalism is the prime thing that we recruit them and pay them for.
She was upset because she wasn't "present" during these interviews. You mean you weren't able to get a gotcha moment? When she says "what some would call" I guess she means herself. Will Andrea go on a limb and say every interview on FOX News is not legitimate when Cheney, Bush or McCain appear? How about when she joins O'Reilly? Or when someone is interviewed on a blog? The Daily Show has some very interesting interviews, does that not count? Is the military not capable of performing interviews? Where does she draw the line? Saying they are "fake interviews" really goes too far. I've emailed Obama's campaign for a response.
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