Friday, June 15, 2012

Daily Caller Heckles Obama During Immigration Speech


Excuse me, sir...It’s not time for questions, sir. Not while I’m speaking.
~ President Barack Obama to Neil Munro, Rose Garden Heckler today

Sometimes, the president does answer shouted questions. At the end of a March 23 Rose garden event, for example, he answered a shouted question about Trayvon Martin, a Florida youth killed in February.
On Friday The Daily Caller asked a question as his speech appeared to be ending.
The president rebuked the TheDC, but then he declined to answer any other questions when he finished his carefully crafted statement.
"Heckler" Neil Munro of Daily Caller, describing his interaction with President Obama

I don’t remember Diane Sawyer scolding her colleague Sam Donaldson for heckling President Reagan. And she shouldn’t have. A reporter’s job is to ask questions and get answers. Our job is to find out what the federal government is up to. Politicians often don’t want to tell us. A good reporter gets the story. We’re proud of Neil Munro.
~ Tucker Carlson, Editor-in-Chief of Daily Caller

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.
Neil Patel, Publisher of Daily Caller

It was discourteous. It's not the way reporters who cover the White House conduct themselves. The White House Correspondents Association always encourages vigorous questioning of the president, but that does not extend to rude interruptions of the president in the middle of a speech. I've thrown questions to the President before, but reporters typically wait until he's finished speaking.
Caren Bohan, President of WHCA

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