Saturday, October 25, 2008

Outrage! Journalist Has Temerity to Ask Biden Real Questions

Joseph Biden, in an interview this week with Barbara West, of WFTV-Channel 9 in Orlando, Florida, became visibly angered by West's line of questioning, after she asked if Barack Obama would "spead the wealth":

WEST: You may recognize this famous quote, “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” That’s from Karl Marx. How is Sen. Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?

BIDEN: Are you joking? Is this a joke? ... Or is that a real question?
The Obama camp immediately cancelled a a follow-up interview with Jill Biden.


ADDED: Ann Althouse takes issue with the Obama campaign:

Ha ha. Wow. You don't usually get questions like that. Biden can't believe it. But, you know, Biden handles it perfectly well. I don't see him losing his cool. He's fine. Good questions. Good answers. Ah, but what is lame is cutting off all future interviews with the station. Pussies!


West responded to criticism of her interview:

We are given four minutes of a satellite window for these interviews. Four precious minutes. I got right down to it and, yes, I think I asked him some pointed questions. These are questions that are rolling about right now and questions that need to be asked. I don't think I was rude or inconsiderate to him. I think I was probing and maybe tough.
Daily Kos has posted West's e-mail for readers, "In case you want to drop Barbara a line..."

Yeah, just like folks wanted to drop Joe the Plumber a line, and there's the pattern: Ask Obama and his team an honest question, and you'll be hounded like a carrier of the plague.

What is this country coming to?