Too bad I couldn’t make President Obama’s appearance in the Rose Garden on Friday.
Had I been there, I would have tackled Neil Munro, the Daily Caller reporter who so rudely interrupted the president as he was making his statement about immigration.
I’m disappointed that nobody else decked him. And I’m especially disappointed that his boss, Tucker Carlson, defending him, instead of firing him – and even had the audacity to compare him to Sam Donaldson.
Let me tell you. Sam Donaldson was a tough White House reporter. One of the greatest ever. But he never heckled the president. He never interrupted the president in the middle of his remarks. And no self-respecting journalist would.
That kind of behavior is unacceptable, no matter who occupies the Oval Office, Republican or Democrat. It doesn’t matter whether you agree with his policies or not. White House reporters are there to ask tough questions. But we’re also supposed to act with dignity and to respect the office of the President of the United States.
There’s only one way to make sure that kind of rude behavior doesn’t happen again. The White House Correspondents Association should condemn Munro’s outburst – and he should never be invited back.
That’s my parting shot for today.