How to be a professional political journalist according to Romney press guy: Don’t challenge the statements of Politicians
Unorthodox Atheism has put up footage of Keith Olbermann reporting on Mitt Romney being called out on a lie at an appearance at a Staples store. Romney claimed to not have lobbyists on his campaign committee. Having none of this, Associate Press reporter Glen Johnson cut him off immediately, interjecting “That’s not true, Governor, that is not true!”. The two went back and forth for a while. The most interesting, and appalling part of the video was when Romney’s “press guy” Eric Fehrnstrom (as described by Olbermann) admonished Johnson repeatedly to “be a professional and don’t get argumentative with the candidate”. Be a professional and don’t get argumentative with the candidate?!?! I’m sorry, I thought Mr. Johnson was a member of the free press in a free democratic nation?
This was absolutely appalling and I am very glad that it was caught on tape. I implore all bloggers and people running websites to post on this and link the video footage. This is one of the many things that is wrong with the US and many other Western societies. Journalists and the media are expected to be puppets. They are condemned for doing what they are supposed to do: ask the hard questions and force politicians to be accountable and transparent.