by werd2406, Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 03:54:00 PM EDT
After viewing the highly partisan Barbara West "interview" Joe Biden, I decided to let the station know my feelings on the verbal berating, sorry, interview.
I got this as a respone:
Thank you for taking time to contact us regarding Barbara West's recent interview with democratic Vice Presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden.
The Obama campaign contacted us last week offering Senator Biden, via satellite, for a short interview. Barbara West, one of our most experienced anchors, was asked to interview Senator Biden, just as she had been on previous occasions.
It is our goal at Eyewitness News when interviewing any political candidate or public official to ask them a direct question about an issue currently in the public debate. Last week, when much of the political discourse centered on Senator Obama's statement to 'Joe the Plumber' that he thought 'sharing the wealth' was a good idea, Barbara decided to ask Senator Biden just how far an Obama-Biden administration would go in 'sharing the wealth'. What followed was very pointed, provocative question. We allowed Senator Biden to answer, fully unedited.
We tell our reporters and news anchors to ask the questions that one of our viewers might ask. For example, when Senator Obama visited Lakeland recently, Barbara (knowing her time with a presidential candidate would be limited) asked Senator Obama two questions: first, about drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico; and, second, about his position on the space program. The Senator's answers dominated the news cycle for the next day.
You can see all of Barbara's interviews with political candidates at WFTV.com including one she just did Monday with Senator John McCain.
Perhaps more than any other presidential election in recent memory, this current election has stirred passions - some of them quite partisan - in many people. Through it all, we believe our mission is to address vital issues that we will face together, regardless of our own personal views with thorough, even handed reporting.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us."
Sooo....what they fail to mention is how when Ms. West interviews other political types, say, McCain...she practically says his entire campaign speech before asking him a soft ball question. "Does it make you sad when puppies get it" would be a tougher question than what she gives him. Yes, she really does interview all political types....yet depending on WHO you are, the interview either feels like it belongs in US Magazine or a FBI interrogation room.
I also like how they dismiss my concerns by saying my concerns are just because of "quite partisan political passion".
Well, how about all us "passionate political partisans" give the station and her what we really think of her "interview"