Joe Biden enraged by semi-tough but worthless questions; Jill Biden then cancels appearance

I have yet to see two things: Idiocracy and the interview Barbara West of WFTV-Channel 9 conducted with Joe Biden earlier today [1]. I suspect those two things are related.

West apparently asked Biden a series of what might appear to be tough questions, and Biden responded by asking "who was writing her questions" and calling them a "joke". One of the questions was apparently "How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist?", and that's where Idiocracy comes in.

There's an excellent chance that Obama is not a full-on Marxist. However, his remarks certainly do reveal socialistic tendencies, and there's a world of difference between the two. In order to avoid being discredited while trying to discredit someone it's necessary to make that distinction. Otherwise, you're just putting on a sideshow while also helping the other side; see the list here.

She didn't discredit Biden, she just made him look bad. Real questions would have completely discredited him. And, because her questions weren't good enough, she gave the - if you will - libtards breathing room.

See, for instance, the Digg entitled "Joe Biden Destroys Neocon Anchorwoman", featuring comments that verge on "in fact, the Central Committee says..." See also the HuffPost's coverage: [2]

When doing things like this, ask tough questions, but make sure they're smart questions.

UPDATE: ThinkProgress says [3] West loaded her interview questions with right-wing smears, likening progressive tax policies to Marxism. Biden responded to West’s ridiculous line of questioning with disbelief...

If she had asked questions which were actually tough questions and she had pressed the issue to the point of discrediting him, they wouldn't be able to say that.

UPDATE 2: Let the "vetting" commence! The current top item in the Politics 2008 section of Digg is "Barbara West, Biden Interviewer: Her Husband is a GOP Flack!" [4] with over 1300 diggs. The HuffPost story above has almost 3200 diggs. The Youtube video linked at the top of this post has almost 900,000 views, but just 220 diggs.

Also, for posterity, here's the statement from the BHO campaign:

"There's nothing wrong with tough questions, but reporters have the very important job of sharing the truth with the public -- not misleading the American people with false information... Senator Biden handled the interview well; however, the anchor was completely unprofessional. Senator Biden's wife is not running for elected office, and there are many other stations in the Orlando television market that would gladly conduct a respectful and factual interview with her."

Translation: "If only we'd had known what was coming, we could have jammed the station's phone lines. And, don't do it again or we'll work to drive you off the air."

[1] blogs · orlandosentinel · com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2008/10/wftvs-barbara-w.html
[2] huffingtonpost · com/2008/10/25/biden-slammed-during-flor_n_137830.html
[3] thinkprogress · org/2008/10/25/biden-marx-mccain
[4] bluetidalwave · com/2008/10/conflict-of-interest-orlando-journalist.html


_...likening progressive tax policies to Marxism._ I would like to see a definition of "progressive". It's interesting how this word has been co-opted and has come to be synonymous with just, probably in part due to its use in the term progressive income tax [1], which is more or less accepted practice. But in general nowadays its use often has a sort of moral connotation -- i.e. if you are not progressive then you are against what is just. So in this sense it has become a sort of ad hominem argument for all sorts of rather fringe positions. Regarding possible health care reform, i.e. in the direction of universal healthcare, it will be interesting to see how much 'progressive-ism' Americans will tolerate. Because one way this is achieved in Europe is that premiums are progressive -- those who earn more pay more for the same benefits/services.

[1] en.wikipedia . org/wiki/Progressive_tax

She didn't make Joe Biden look bad, she made _herself_ look bad. This red-baiting McCarthyist reporter must be a member of the John Birch Society. She either wants a job at FOX"News", or on the House Un-American Activities Committee. I'm surprised she didn't ask Biden, "Are you now or have you ever been a card-carrying member of the Communist Party?"

I must compliment WFTV on the employment of Barbara West. She has authenticated WFTV's fascist bona fides. Please continue to broadcast Ms. West as she makes your station a beacon for all of us who fight to stifle free thought, racial tolerance, and Christian values.

So joe don't like any real questions?

The question from West was "How is Sen. Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?" The interesting thing is that Biden didn't say, "Barak is not a Marxist", he instead said, "He is not spreading the wealth around," which Barak clearly said he wanted to do. So once again, Joe either is not as adept as BHO would hope, or he thinks Barak is a Marxist, or at least talks like one.... or maybe both.