Neil Munro, a White House reporter at Tucker Carlson’s conservative news site The Daily Caller, heckled President Obama during his press conference about granting amnesty to 800,000 young people who are illegal immigrants. President Obama got very testy at Munro’s heckling. It seems Neil Munro interrupted Obama before he was finished speaking. There’s a time and place for asking questions and Neil Munro was wrong. This isn’t how a true journalist should behave. Neil Munro tried to twist what happened in the Rose Garden today, but no matter how he spun this, he was still wrong. Even a fifth grader could probably tell that the president was in the middle of his speech.
We are very proud of, @NeilMunroDC for doing his job
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 15, 2012
Tucker Carlson said:
Neil Munro said he went to the White House with questions and had “no intention of interrupting the president.” Munro says Obama “turned his back” on reporters after finishing the speech.
Tucker Carlson said “a reporter’s job is to ask questions and get answers.” Source
Tucker Carlson was quick to compare what Neil Munro did with Sam Donaldson’s interview style with former president Ronald Reagan. Here’s an excerpt of Sam Donaldson’s response in an email to the Huffington Post:
Never once did I interrupt a president in any way while he was making a formal statement, a speech, honoring awardees or in any other way holding the floor. Yes, almost always when he was finished in the Rose Garden or in the Briefing Room or at a photo opportunity with other world leaders I tried to question him (only rarely was it a shout on the rope line, more often a more normal tone of voice) and other reporters of course did the same thing along with me.
What this man did yesterday is something new, to me wrong and unusual. I think it is probably the result of the growing incivility of the times, the competition among reporters and news organizations to be noticed not only for the work product but for the theatrics of the gathering…and there is one more factor, let’s face it: Many on the political right believe this president ought not to be there – they oppose him not for his polices and political view but for who he is, an African American! These people and perhaps even certain news organizations (certainly the right wing talkers like Limbaugh) encourage disrespect for this president. That is both regrettable and adds, in this case, to the general dislike of the press on the part of the general public.
For Tucker Carlson to say that he would if he can give this man a raise for this rude attempt to interrupt the president is reflective of what I’ve said above and, to me, lowers my opinion of Tucker.
Neil Munro should be banned from covering the White House. I agree with Sam Donaldson, for Tucker Carlson to praise his reporter for his despicable behavior lowers the opinion many held of Tucker Carlson. Let’s not forget Tucker Carlson was the same person who called for Michael Vick’s execution for financing a dogfighting operation for which he served time in prison and paid his debt to society. Tucker Carlson has zero credibility in my opinion. Maybe the publisher of the Daily Caller, Neil Patel, recognizes that Neil Munro disrespected President Obama. He wrote,
The President today announced a very controversial policy and does not want to answer tough questions about it. Neil Munro is a veteran Washington reporter who today tried his best to time his question to be first as the President was wrapping up his remarks. He in no way meant to heckle the President of the United States.
President Obama has been disrespected so many times during his four years in office, from Rep. Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst, or Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer sticking her finger in President Obama’s face during a heated argument, to being asked to produce his grades because he couldn’t have been accepted to Columbia University and Harvard Law School on his own accord. Some people will say this is about race, but for me, maybe there’s a tinge of racism inherent in the disrespect, but he has been disrespected by Democrats as well. So, go figure….
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