A CNN correspondent called CBS News’ Major Garrett’s question posed to President Obama Wednesday “disrespectful” and “an embarrassment to journalism.” HBO host Bill Maher was a bit more direct.
He called Garrett an ” a**hole,” adding “why not just scream the N word” to get POTUS’s attention?
#MajorGarrett is a huge asshole. If U wanna “strike a nerve” with POTUS, why not just scream the N word? That shld get his attention.
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 16, 2015
During the president’s press conference on the Iran Nuke deal, Garrett asked about the four American prisoners that Iran has in its custody. “As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran, three held on trumped-up charges according to your administration and one, whereabouts unknown,” Garrett began. “Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content with all the fanfare around this deal to leave the conscience of this nation, the strength of this nation unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?”
Not everyone agreed, though. National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke had a one-word description of Maher’s tweet:
@billmaher Pathetic. — Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) July 16, 2015
Though Maher did manage to get some support, it was quickly shut down and followed up with a history lesson directed at Maher.
@johnnysilva79 @billmaher Obama was full of shit when he shut him down but the format doesn’t lend itself to the POTUS getting fact checked
— Punches In Bunches (@eplacentia) July 16, 2015
@billmaher Bill you should watch more of these press conferences. They’re all like this. Bush got worse from that witch reporter (RIP) — Punches In Bunches (@eplacentia) July 16, 2015
And finally there was this observation:
@ClayBJones @billmaher No need to doubt. Maher is just pissy that someone finally asked a tough question of his million dollar man.
— Michael S. (@DefinitelyMike) July 16, 2015
Lesson learned: If a reporter asks a tough question of a Republican president, he’s just doing his job.
Do the same with a Democratic president, and he’s being a bully — or worse.
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