Herridge's question to Trump: Yesterday, we mentioned a rather strange question posed by Catherine Herridge to commander-in-chief Donald Trump.
Herridge was interviewing Trump for CBS News. This was the text of her question:
HERRIDGE (7/14/20): Let's talk about George Floyd. You said George Floyd's death was a terrible thing.We're not experts on Herridge's work, but she has always struck us as a competent, serious reporter. We were glad when she got to leave Fox and move on to CBS News.
HERRIDGE: Why are African-Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country?
That said, that was one of the strangest questions we've seen a major journalist ask. Even more remarkably, Trump responded by making an accurate statement! In journalistic circles, that's known as "a Halley's comet event."
(After making his accurate statement, Trump began berating Herridge. "What a terrible question to ask," the commander thoughtfully said.)
To our ear, Herridge's question was extremely odd, and it came straight outta script. That said, we'd say this whole event was potentially quite instructive. We'll plan to build our week around that question, starting next Monday.
Herridge's question struck us as odd. Tribal reaction may have been odder.
There's a lot to learn from this odd event. More on this topic next week.