Now that CNN has released the transcript of Wolf Blitzer’s interview yesterday with DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, we have a record of the CNN anchor pandering to woman the president tapped to helm his party.
It seems they conduct the first part of the interview, that devoted to the debate on the federal debt, is almost entirelythe conditional, with Blitzer asking Democrat what types of programs she could support. Indeed, it seems he’s the only talking about particular proposals, twice asking her if that were “something you can live with”. That’s right, the journalist spells out the proposal while the legislator offers commentary.
Um, Wolf, this debate’s been going on for several weeks, shouldn’t the head of the president’s party have a plan?
Never once does he ask her what her plan is. He offers no followup to her admission that she’s “not prepared to commit to any specific proposal, but like I said, we are willing to put all of our sacred cows on the table to make sure that we can get a big solution to a big problem.” He doesn’t follow up, ask her about what specific sacred cows she has on the table. Instead, he addresses her barb against Republicans, suggesting they don’t want to put their “sacred cows on the table.”
And take a gander at this pander:
And so, you are the chair, you have a tough position. You’ve got to get the conservative Democrats, the liberal Democrats, but you’re also a member of Congress. You know, what will you do if it comes down to a deal that the president wants, supporting the “Gang of Six” legislation that deals with — and you have a lot of seniors in your district in south Florida?
This isn’t “accountability journalism.” This is like a staged interview to be used in a campaign video.
Finally, in the segment when he addressed her exchange with her colleague Alan West, he played the clip of her attack, but didn’t ask her about the substance of her remarks.
Given that West had challenged her, you’d think Blitzer might have asked if there were any merit to the challenge. Given that he’s supposed to be reporting the news, you’d think he’d investigate the substance of her remarks. Not once did he challenge her on her remarks. Not once did he ask for her to provide details of her plan. He maintained a friendly, chatty town throughout, as if he was her friend sympathizing with her about her recent scrape with a bully, not a reporter trying to learn the truth.
Guess he just didn’t want to ruffle any feathers.
ADDENDUM: Contrast Blitzer’s tone interviewing the DNC chair with MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer’s interviewing Republican Mo Brooks.