A Man Who Knows His Journalism
Fox News' Sean Hannity has recently been quoted as saying, "Journalism is dead in America," so I couldn't help but get a wheeze out of his summary of how he conducted his "interview" with Sarah Palin:
<< The interview, he explained, is "not about me," but about her -- because she is, after all, the vice-presidential candidate.
"She's got a compelling story to tell," stated Hannity. "And to the extent she can say these things in her words -- where she stands, her values, her principles, where she goes to to make decisions -- that is what I'm going to try to let her say to the American people, unfiltered, without an agenda, without a bias, without playing 'gotcha,' in her own words. That's my goal.">>
Um ... guess what, Sean? Real journalists ask real questions that sometimes make their subjects nervous, sad, angry or any number of other mental states.
But when you "let her say to the American people ... where she stands, her values, her principles, where she goes to to make decisions ... unfiltered, without an agenda, without a bias, without playing 'gotcha,' in her own words," that's not an "interview" — that's a campaign commercial.
But of course, not being a journalist, you wouldn't know that.