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Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:38 AM

Why do reporters suck at follow up questions

Jake Tapper just had Ben Carson on and asked him about his feelings on NFL players kneeling....Carson gives an answer about how the players need to come out and say that they respect the flag, and military and blah blah blah, and they arenít protesting the flag but protesting injustice....And Tapper says thank you instead of a follow up stating that that is what they have already said

Edit: now I am watching MSNBC and Vashir is asking hard follow up questions to a liberal, why canít they do that with a conservative...

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Reply Why do reporters suck at follow up questions (Original post)
Proud liberal 80 Jun 2020 OP
SamKnause Jun 2020 #1
jrthin Jun 2020 #5
Nature Man Jun 2020 #2
SamKnause Jun 2020 #7
Nature Man Jun 2020 #8
SamKnause Jun 2020 #11
Name removed Jun 2020 #24
dem4decades Jun 2020 #3
Proud liberal 80 Jun 2020 #6
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2020 #4
New Breed Leader Jun 2020 #9
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2020 #15
New Breed Leader Jun 2020 #16
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2020 #18
WhiteTara Jun 2020 #10
StarfishSaver Jun 2020 #13
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2020 #17
New Breed Leader Jun 2020 #19
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2020 #20
New Breed Leader Jun 2020 #22
bamagal62 Jun 2020 #12
theaocp Jun 2020 #14
Shermann Jun 2020 #23
CrispyQ Jun 2020 #21
PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 2020 #25

Response to Proud liberal 80 (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:41 AM

1. Because they are useless.

It is sickening to watch many of the so called interviews.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:46 AM

5. Agree. Generally speaking, we do not have

the best and the brightest in those positions.

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Response to Proud liberal 80 (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:45 AM

2. Cable news reality TV show hosts

aren't actually reporters.

They're not even news anchors.

They are REALITY TV SHOW HOSTS.

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Response to Nature Man (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:50 AM

7. Tell that to all the ones who were shot at and gassed covering these protest.

Tell that to the ones who were arrested.

They are reporters.

They just suck at their jobs.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:53 AM

8. ugh

apples aren't oranges either.

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Response to Nature Man (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 10:00 AM

11. Ugh.

Horses aren't dogs.

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Response to Proud liberal 80 (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:45 AM

3. You have to think on your feet. Fire the reporters and hire lawyers to ask the questions.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:48 AM

6. I would think

That they are taught that in Journalism school

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Response to Proud liberal 80 (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:46 AM

4. Tapper is usually pretty good. Maybe he figured that Carson is such a dolt

that he wasn't worth arguing with.

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Response to Proud liberal 80 (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:53 AM

9. Someone's paying them not to ask them

They're getting paid not to ask follow up questions to conservatives, someone somewhere is paying them not to do it.

I'm convinced of it.

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Response to New Breed Leader (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 10:21 AM

15. Yeah, right.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #15)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 10:23 AM

16. You don't think so?

What do you think?

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Response to New Breed Leader (Reply #16)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 10:26 AM

18. See #17.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

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Response to Proud liberal 80 (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 09:57 AM

10. Mostly because they are thinking of the next question

not listening to the response is a common problem in interviewing. It takes skill to listen and to respond in the moment.

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 10:11 AM

13. This 100%

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 10:25 AM

17. Exactly right.

Nobody's paying them to not ask follow-up questions. They aren't intentionally softballing the interviewee (except for Fox). They are just caught up in the direction of what they intended to ask and aren't prepared to go in another direction. Really skilled interviewers are rare. And sometimes (as with a zero like Ben Carson) it just isn't worth the effort because you know you won't get anything interesting out of them anyhow. Tapper is usually pretty good.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #17)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 10:34 AM

19. But what about the sudden change

when they're interviewing liberal guests? That person was right, suddenly they've got nothing BUT followup questions for liberal guests.

It may not be money involved, but SOMETHING stinks. Something's going on.

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Response to New Breed Leader (Reply #19)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 10:39 AM

20. Maybe the liberal guests are more interesting and they're paying more attention

while the conservatives just regurgitate the same old talking points and they know that's all they'll ever get from them? Liberals will give them honest answers and conservatives will just give them bullshit. There's no conspiracy, just ineffective interviewers who are too busy thinking about what they're going to say to listen to the interviewees' answers.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #20)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 10:45 AM

22. Ok, that makes sense.

Still think there's something going on, though.

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Response to Proud liberal 80 (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 10:08 AM

12. It's infuriating.

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Response to Proud liberal 80 (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 10:17 AM

14. You make a conservative uncomfortable and you lose access.

Why anyone gives a flying fuck about interviewing conservatives is beyond me. Oh, right. Donor money. Gotta dance for the $$$.

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Response to theaocp (Reply #14)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 11:04 AM

23. Yes it is a bit of a balancing act

CNN tries to paint conservatives into a corner defending Trump's latest tweet.

This never works and they just go round and round wasting time. The Kellyanne interviews are exasperating.

It borders on being a straw man argument. You can ask tough questions of conservatives that they actually bite on. It just takes some journalistic effort.

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Response to Proud liberal 80 (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 10:40 AM

21. The media is only as liberal as the conservative corporations that own it. bumper sticker

MSNBC only exists because there is a market for news from that perspective, but that doesn't mean the corporate execs are going to give the newscasters free rein.

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Response to Proud liberal 80 (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 01:44 PM

25. That has been so for decades in American journalism.

Listen to the BBC. Not the one in this country, but any of their broadcasts from London. They do not let people get away with not answering a question, and often ask follow up questions.

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