Major Garrett's 'What Took You So Long' Question
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 09:30 PM EDT
Thereâ€™s some buzz about Major Garrettâ€™s â€œWhat took you so long,â€ question to President Obama today. The question was in reference to the Presidentâ€™s toughening attitude toward Iran since Friday.
If you listen to Garrettâ€™s entire question, it doesnâ€™t appear disrespectful. Most people wonâ€™t know that, however, since the media isnâ€™t reporting it accurately. CBS, for example, reported the story like this:
If that had been Majorâ€™s question, it could be viewed as flip and disrespectful of the presidency. But watch the tape.
Those last four words change the tone of the question, donâ€™t they?
Even Oâ€™Reilly, from Major Garrettâ€™s network, clipped the tape in the show intro, and then again in the Factorâ€™s coverage of the story â€“ playing just â€œWhat took you so long.â€ But Bill didnâ€™t discuss whether there was anything wrong with Majorâ€™s question.
The President, meanwhile, appeared to have done a coordinated Q&A with at least one reporter. Hereâ€™s the story from Politico.
This article originally appeared on Real Clear Thinker.