ABC’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday pressed Barack Obama on the Fast and Furious gun scandal, but his network didn’t allow the question to appear on Nightline, World News or Good Morning America. (All played clips of the interview.) Instead, ABC found time to air Tapper and the President playfully discussing children’s books and the greatness of Dr. Seuss.
During the two-segment long Nightline interview, Tapper hyped, “At the school where we spoke, the President showed off his personal knowledge of children’s books.” The journalist informed Obama, “I’m a big Dr. Seuss guy.”
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Though the Fast and Furious scandal of allowing of guns to be sold and taken into Mexico didn’t make it to air, the transcript can be found on ABCNews.com. (It was also promoted on ABC News’ website.) Tapper quizzed, “The Justice Department, the ATF was moving guns and some of them were tied to crime scenes. What was your response when you first heard about it?”
The President gave a lengthy answer, stonewalling responsibility: “This is not something we were aware of in the White House and the Attorney General it turns out wasn’t aware of either. Obviously Eric Holder has launched a full investigation of this, it is not acceptable for us to allow guns to go into Mexico.”
On the subject of the demonstrations in New York, the reporter wondered, “Some of the frustration has come out in this Occupy Wall Street protest. You’ve expressed sympathy with their position, their feeling of powerlessness.”
Read More at mrc.org By Scott Whitlock, Media Research Center