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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017

Ask two questions, you won't:
We haven't seen Donald J. Trump's full press conference yet.

That said, upon returning to our campus from a mission of national import, we found a complaint from Josh Marshall about Trump's refusal to answer:
MARSHALL (1/11/17): There's such an avalanche of stuff coming out of this press conference, this may have been missed. When asked to state categorically that no one tied to his campaign was in contact with the Russian government during the campaign, Trump ignored the question.

Indeed, he ended the press conference after he ended his response to the question.
Headline: "Trump Dodged Key Russia Question; Ended Presser"

Why didn't Donald J. Trump answer so basic a question? Marshall went on to provide the transcript of the question Trump had "dodged." Can you spot the journalistic problem here?
QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. President-elect. Can you stand here today once and for all and say that no one connected to you or your campaign had any contact with Russia leading up to or during the presidential campaign and if you indeed do believe that Russia was behind the hacking, what is your message to Vladimir Putin right now?
That's right! Donald J. Trump was asked two questions there, not one. And when a pol is handed a multi-part question, you're pretty much inviting him to answer the part he prefers.

Technically, this is terrible journalistic practice. We may understand why a reporter may want to ask all his or her questions at once. But this "dodge" illustrates the obvious problem with asking a question like that.

(We saw reporters asking three-part questions earlier in the press conference.)

Marshall got semi-hot and bothered about Donald J. Trump's refusal to answer. Later, he added an update:
MARSHALL: Late Update: CNN's Jim Acosta is now reporting that reporters followed Trump to the elevator in Trump Tower and, noting his non-answer, repeated the question as he walked toward the elevator. Acosta's quote: "As he was going to the elevators, we all were asking him again to answer that question, and he said, no, that nobody associated with him or his campaign was in contact with the Russians during the context of that campaign."
We don't know if Trump's answer was truthful. But dearest darlings, where is technique? Josh was getting us all worked up about a standard journalistic fail.

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  1. OT: While Bob was off on his mission of important, another story quietly surfaced in the Press: Fox News has had to lay out money big time, once again, to cover the appalling misconduct of it's star ratings grabber, Bill O"Reilly. Were Bill in professional sports, or a more conventional corporate situation than the strange world of Fox News, he would have likely been shown the door long ago.
    How does Bill get away with it? Hard to say. But over here at the Daily Howler, there is an official policy that "O'Reilly gets a pass." That's right, when you read that Bob's personal obsession is the "worst journalist of the year" remember that some of Bob's favorites are not allowed to compete, however they may promote Trump, etc. Bob even obligingly forgets the record of Billo, forgetting that his "comparatively fair" coverage of Al Gore included demanding Gore be indicted.
    Bob has often commented on the strange, weird world of Press Coverage, and the STANDARDS we indulge in those who write about them.
    I guess we liberals, are, once again, just going to have to take it.

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    1. Al Franken wrote "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them," and since then no one has been confused about whether Bill O'Reilly is a lying liar or a major conservative jerk, or both. We have O'Reilly's number.

      Fewer people know about Rachel Maddow. She is widely perceived to be a spokesperson for liberal views. She is regarded as a top journalist and pundit of the left. If she were none of these things, wouldn't it be a great public service to point that out?

      Given these two cable stars, which do you think liberals most need to hear about? If you think it is O'Reilly, as Greg suggest, you would be wrong.

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    2. By way of contrast: And we're just saying. Thanks for making sure at least in comments, Rachel Maddow got mentioned in this post.

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    3. Don't be daft Greg. Bill could have beaten the girl silly and spit on her and gotten a pass if he were a professional athlete.

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    4. Sorry Anon at 452, that has not been the nature of Bob's pass, he has defended O"Reilly as credible.

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    5. Dave the Guitar PlayerJanuary 12, 2017 at 12:28 PM

      Greg - It appears that you are suggesting that, as a liberal, that you cannot say that O'Reilly is credible, even if O'Reilly is right in this case? Is suggesting that conservatives can be right occasionally (like a broke clock) mean that you can no longer criticize "liberal" pundits?

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  2. Not a big fan of Trump but I think we can all admit we enjoyed his moment with Jim Acosta. At no time has an "I wish that politician would say this out loud" ever actually happened. Politics aside, it needed saying.

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    1. No, it was outrageous for a President at a press conference to treat a member of the press so discourteously. Trump is a boorish moron.

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  4. I think the worst part of the Trump press conference was that he compared himself to god

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