Why they don’t like us
: By “us” I mean my fellow reporters.
I was just watching a Baghdad military security update on FoxNews and heard a New York Times get downright hostile; couldn’t see him but his voice was all snippy and obnoxious; bad rhetorical skills. The general — who doesn’t need botox; his face is already paralyzed in nonexpression — then calls on some shmuck who goes through his lifestory; we can see the back of his head and on it is a target tattooed right on top; wackjob; he asks, “are you proud of what you’ve done.” The general says he won’t answer the question.
It’s our job to get the facts and push those in power but being obnoxious is rarely a good tactic to accomplish that, especially when you’re being televised. All reporters, even those not working for TV, need to start thinking like TV reporters, for cameras are everywhere. Smile, you’re on cable-news camera!
: Reid Stott watched the same press conference. Had the same reaction. Kismet.