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Media pushback

This started as a thought bubble on GT, but I thought I’d do a full post on it.

Over the last couple of years, its not hard to see how feral our political “journalists” have become.  With their incessant need for gotcha questions and inanities masquerading as news, it comes across as them being desperately in need to prove their superiority over a politician by scoring points.

To this end I would dearly love to see a politician push back and treat them with the contempt they fully deserve.  I know it’s a pipe dream, but if it was done at the best moment, say a live situation with minimal chance of malicious editing, I reckon it would be a massive hit with the general public.

Here are my thoughts on some of the things that would be great to see.

To a stupid question:

  1. Fixed stare, followed with “Really?  THAT’S the question you’re going with?”
  2. Look back at the rest of the press and say “Anybody with a real question?”
  3. “Is this your first interview?  Are you on work experience?”

To a constant repetition of the same question to elicit a gotcha:

  1. “You should really see someone about your short-term memory problem.  I did answer that about 30 seconds ago.”
  2. “Do you really think the same question is going to produce a different answer?”

What other responses would you like to see?

  1. Pip
    August 1, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Can’t think of any but you’re doing fine.

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