[Watch] Defending ‘Gotcha’ Questions Against The Media Double Standard

Sometimes, a media firestorm prompts soul searching and ethical standards questions from the American mainstream media about themselves.  Not very often, though, which is why when such events happen, it is worth noting and celebrating.

Last week, Scott Walker was asked a ‘gotcha’ question on whether or not he agreed with former New York Mayor and Federal Prosecutor Rudy Giuliani about Barack Obama not loving the United States like the rest of us do.  He didn’t answer the question which ignited a media firestorm.  EVERY potential 2016 Republican candidate for president was asked if they agreed with Rudy, and almost all performed verbal gymnastics to agree to disagree, although not very convincingly.

In the aftermath of screaming headlines and backpedaling, the mainstream media, which forever debriefs itself on live television, is in the midst of trying to identify their faults without really apologizing for them.  Even they recognize that they went overboard.  (They actually think the conversation is so interesting that viewers will pay attention more thoroughly than they do to the color of a sequined dress.  Like either is real news.)

One of the more honest practitioners of the media arts on the left, Ron Fournier of National Journal, has become somewhat of a fixture on Fox News.  He calls the treatment of Republicans in this case ‘gotcha’ journalism which he differentiates from ‘gotcha’ questions.  The latter he considers completely in bounds.  Watch his defense of the ‘gotcha’ question and the ensuing discussion with Mary Katharine Ham, and Kirsten Powers from over the weekend.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.