Finally, a reporter, Barbara West of Orlando’s ABC affiliate, WFTV, asks Joe Biden tough questions.
Instead of responding with the grace Sarah Palin showed to Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric when they posed much tougher ones, he got testy, even misrepresenting his running mate’s statements as he has, in the past, misrepresented Obama’s stands.
Quoting Karl Marx’s line, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs,” West asked how Senator Obama is “not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around,” Biden thinks she’s joking, then says, “He is not spreading the wealth around.”
Um, Joe, that’s what he said.Â Or, as Gibson might put it “exact words.”
So much did Biden dislike the kind of questions his rival for the vice presidency so regularly gets “the Obama campaign canceled a WFTV interview with Jill Biden, the candidate’s wife:”
“This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election,” wrote Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign.
The Delaware Democrat was so taken aback by West’s line of inquiry that he snapped, “I don’t know who’s writing your questions.” Guess he’s come to expect softball questions from the news media, assuming only Republican partisans would try to make him sweat. Allahpundit thinks West decided to “shoot for viral video immortality by making him squirm.”
Even when Sarah Palin failed to answer Katie Couric’s questions, she didn’t become as testy as Biden. Nor did she claim he never said what everyone knows he said.
I highly doubt the MSM will make as much of this as they have of Palin’s poor performance on CBS. Remember, a Biden gaffe goes down the memory hole whereas a Palin media blunder comes to define her. It doesn’t seem to matter that Palin has come across much better in interviews since the Couric exchange.
Biden’s had decades of practice before the national media and still makes bizarre and inaccurate statements. He gets a free pass.Â If the media treated Palin as they do him, she’d be fÃªted as Alaska’s gift to this nation.
UPDATE:Â Michelle Malkin calls West “completely professional and gracious,” but reminds us that “Anything less than total sycophancy from the Obamedia is considered ‘combative.'”Â Â You see, Adrianne Marsh, Florida spokeswoman for Obama’s campaign said West was “both combative and woefully uninformed about simple facts.” WOW!Â Since when it is combative to ask tough questions?
Wonder what Marsh feels about Katie Couric and Charles Gibson.
UP-UPDATE: John Hinderaker calls its a “new experience” for Biden to be
asked tough questions by a news reporter. This interview with a local TV station is fun to watch, because it makes you realize how rare it is for a Democrat to face hostile questions from the press. Really, it’s almost unheard of, and you can see Biden’s outrage at the idea that a television reporter is willing to challenge Democrat orthodoxy.