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GOP Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn Seems To Have Hearing Problem, CNN’s Carol Costello Has Reporter’s Tenacity

October 28, 2013

Too often a politician can be asked a very straight-forward question and answers with one of the most convoluted and abstract responses that leaves not only the reporter but also the rest of us wondering how deaf some of our leaders are who serve in Washington.

Consider the following.

CNN’s Carol Costello tried and tried to get Rep. Marsha Blackburn to tell her how the Obamacare website “specifically” violated medical privacy laws, since her network couldn’t find any violations. It did not go well.

A sample of Costello’s questions:  (the link allows for a video of this embarrassing interview for Congresswoman Blackburn)

“So what specifically were you referring to on the website that violates, that could possibly violate HIPAA?”

“Specifically what medical information does the website ask for? And specifically what private information that the government doesn’t already have does the website ask for?”

“What specifically does the website ask that I might be afraid might be shared with whomever? Specifically what information?”

A typical Blackburn answer: “What we want to make certain is the individual has a right to privacy.”

This nation is well-served when reporters do their job.  We need more of them like Carol Costello. She tried for six minutes to get the highly reluctant Blackburn to even remotely answer the questions.  Seems like there is no end to the Republican maneuvering that can be done to stay on message!

One Comment
  1. Solly permalink
    October 28, 2013 6:50 PM

    Your idol Robert Novak was great at that too. He’d ask the same question repeatedly and when he’d given them three chance, he’d say, “Well, I guess you’re not going to answer the question.”
    Tim Russert was pretty good at it too. I especially liked when he’d ask someone why they said something, and they’d say “I never said that.” Then Russert would say, “Roll the tape,” and they’d look like an ass. Worked especially well with Dick Cheney, the ultimate ass.

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