“Don’t screw around with me!” barked flustered Vice President Joe Biden during his now-famous encounter with HUMAN EVENTS editor Jason Mattera. It looks like the White House wants to put some muscle behind that threat. The Dear Leaders do not like impertinent questions.
Here’s the video of Joe Biden hitting rock bottom, after Mattera challenges his ludicrous and offensive claims that rape and murder would increase if the latest Obama spending demands were not met:
Coincidentally, FactCheck.org weighed in today with the latest proof that Joe Biden is a liar. They’re not a conservative site, so it pains them to drop such a heavy hammer on the Vice President’s distortions:
As we wrote earlier, we are not minimizing the crime problem in Flint. It is real. And we are not taking sides in the long-running discussion among criminologists about what effect police staffing levels have on crime. But the vice president misrepresented the extent of the city’s crime problem — flagrantly so, in the case of rapes. He also ignored the fact that crime this year is down, based on the city’s own crime figures, despite cuts in the police force and in direct contradiction with his larger point that Flint’s staffing cuts resulted in rising crime.
But catching an Obama Administration official playing fast and loose with the truth is hardly news. What’s news is the extent of Biden’s sheer cowardice, as the Vice President ran to the Senate and complained about having to answer a question the White House didn’t write for him in advance.
As reported by Alexander Bolton at The Hill:
Joe Biden’s office has complained to the Senate press gallery about a confrontation the vice president had with a conservative journalist last week on Capitol Hill.
Biden aides asked whether Senate rules were broken in the wake of the contentious exchange between the vice president and the reporter.
Jason Mattera, who works for Human Events, a conservative magazine, used a pretext to catch Biden off guard in a Senate hallway and grill him on claims the vice president has made about jobs legislation.
Biden’s office has also contacted the standing committee of correspondents, which oversees the gallery, regarding whether Mattera broke the rules by ambushing him.
The “pretext” is, presumably, Mattera failing to loudly identify himself as a realjournalist with a tough question, unlike the lapdogs who swallow Administration propaganda without question – even when it’s transparently false, and deployed in an attempt to frighten the public into unquestioning obedience. You would think the rest of the media might have raised a few eyebrows when the Vice President of the United States trivialized rape for political purposes – and lied shamelessly about it, to boot. If a Republican had done it, today’s news would be filled with the search for his replacement. Instead, Biden trotted into a media herd expecting nothing but photo ops, warm handshakes, and at worst a bucket of Gatorade dumped over his head.
Here’s how the crafty Mattera put one over on the number two man in the Smartest Administration in History:
Biden had just left a rousing rally where Democratic leaders said Republican opposition to federal funding for police and firefighters threatened public safety. But the cable news coverage focused on the dust-up between Biden and Mattera.
Biden’s visible irritation might be explained by how he was lured into the short interview.
As the vice president left the Russell caucus room, Mattera weaved his way through the entourage, shook Biden’s hand and asked him to pose for a photo. While shaking Biden’s hand, Matter asked him if he felt “regret using a rape reference to describe Republican opposition to the president’s bill.”
Biden looked momentarily frozen as what he thought was a friendly gesture turned into a pointed line of tough questions from a conservative interlocutor. Biden had just signed an autograph for an admirer and still had the pen in his hand, according to a source familiar with the incident.
The Dear Leaders are not to be questioned! Not even when it’s the question every decent human being on the planet should be asking Biden after his despicable and mendacious comments. Uncritical love and adoration are expected from loyal tribunes during all public encounters! Actual “questions” should be submitted to the White House in advance for review, a process that could be delayed indefinitely if the questions are even mildly uncomfortable.
Mattera pointed out to The Hill that he was wearing valid press credentials during the encounter. If he hadn’t sidled up to Biden for a photo before asking his question, he would have been brushed off without comment. “You shouldn’t play patty-cake with politicians to gain access,” he asserted.
This prompted The Hill to go in search of an expert in journalistic ethics, Jill Geisler of the Poynter Institute, who allowed that “ambush interviews” were acceptable “as a last resort, done not for drama, but because other means for obtaining information have been unsuccessful.” That’s a note-perfect description of the encounter between Mattera and Biden. Would anyone in the mainstream press have bothered to ask Biden about this, if not for the viral video? How else can the invincible media shield of a “D” after a politician’s name be dislodged to get wide coverage of disgusting political tactics and shameful falsehoods that would be instantly fatal his career if he wore an “R” instead?
Biden’s craven cowardice has given the Mattera encounter some very long legs. He would have been much better off letting the rest of the media forget about this for him. They were working on it. Now even more people will see a video clip that makes Biden look very, very bad. Biden will be forced to double down on the weaksauce “he shouldn’t have asked me that question” defense. It’s not as if he can produce any evidence that he’s been telling the truth about those rape and murder claims.
Voters have noted the incredibly thin skin of this Administration, which goes berserk at the first hint of bad press, and creates web sites to monitor dissident citizens. The President and his people are so accustomed to fawning media treatment that they are literallystunned when someone calls them out in public, and they don’t have teleprompters to hide behind. It clearly never occurred to Joe Biden that someone might question his phony statistics, or tender even mild criticism (“Do you regret using a rape reference to describe Republican opposition to the President’s bill?”) of his unbelievably offensive rhetoric. If we had a real press corps, he never would have carried that delusion into the hall where he ran afoul of Jason Mattera.
Source: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=47096 (26 October, 2011)