(1000+ posts) Fri Oct-24-08 10:08 PM
Shame on Barbara West, WFTV, Orlando, for her ignorant confrontational interview with Joe Biden.
Edited on Fri Oct-24-08 10:46 PM by madfloridian
It was absolutely ugly in nature, used ignorant talking points, and made our state look even more awful than usual.
Orlando people, if you don't contact the station you should hide your head in shame.
She did not even know how terrible her interview was. At one point Joe Biden asked her if she were kidding. It was that bad. Joe Biden did quite well in the face of such an ignorant interviewer. She was snide and pathetic and rude.
Here is the video:
Barbara West versus Joe Biden. Winner: Biden
Joe was classy, she was just not even aware of how she sounded. She had talking points coming out of her ears, and did not seem to have the intelligence to know better.
Barbara West...pretty face. Not much else.
Here is more about it.
The Orlando Sentinel covered the fact that the Obama campaign promptly cancelled Jill Biden's intervew and others until further notice.
Obama campaign cuts off WFTV after interview with Joe Biden
WFTV-Channel 9's Barbara West conducted a satellite interview with Sen. Joe Biden on Thursday. A friend says it's some of the best entertainment he's seen recently. What do you think? West wondered about Sen. Barack Obama's comment, to Joe the Plumber, about spreading the wealth. She quoted Karl Marx and asked how Obama isn't being a Marxist with the "spreading the wealth" comment.
"Are you joking?" said Biden, who is Obama's running mate. "No," West said.
West later asked Biden about his comments that Obama could be tested early on as president. She wondered if the Delaware senator was saying America's days as the world's leading power were over.
"I don't know who's writing your questions," Biden shot back.
Biden so disliked West's line of questioning that 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. McGinnis said the Biden cancellation was "a result of her husband's experience yesterday during the satellite interview with Barbara West."
Here is the response of the WFTV News Director. He and Barbara West are making Floridians look very bad indeed.
WFTV news director Bob Jordan said, "When you get a shot to ask these candidates, you want to make the most of it. They usually give you five minutes. Jordan said political campaigns in general pick and choose the stations they like. And stations often pose softball questions during the satellite interviews.
"Mr. Biden didn't like the questions," Jordan said. "We choose not to ask softball questions."
Jordan added, "I'm crying foul on this one."
WRONG! Mr. Jordan. Candidates just assume that common courtesy and intelligence will be forthcoming in interviews.
Hiding in my head in shame as I often do now at things that happen in this sorry state.