Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Just ask the question

Andrea Mitchell is fielding questions from callers to MSNBC to ask various Presidential candidates.

One woman asked a question about the No Child Left Behind Program. She asked the candidate (I don't remember who it was) what he'd do as President instead of continueing with that failed program.

Rather than just let the guy answer the questionk Andrea rephrased it. She added the phrase, "While still maintianing accountabiity ...".

Whoa. The caller didn't say one word about maintaining accountability. Not even a hint of it. From the simple question asked it's not even possible to be clear that the caller thinks that local schools should be accountable to the Feds. In fact, some of us think that adding that requirement is what automatically makes any program a failure.

These pompous, self-absorbed TV news people are worse than the empty suit candidates most of the time. If you want to let callers ask a question, then let the caller ask the question. Don't re-frame the question. If that's what you're going to do then don't insult my intelligence by pretending you're taking questions from callers.

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