Thursday, February 26, 2015
The silly season for Presidential campaigning has begun and journalists are playing "gotcha" with candidates. Consider this case. The question was irrelevant to any campaign, and the candidate, Gov. Scott Walker, parried it a bit clumsily. This gave the reporters an opportunity to write an article disparaging Walker. Whether or not one approves of such media misbehavior, it is an integral part of campaigning, and it is justified on the basis that Presidents have to be able to think on their feet. CEOs are largely spared such press needling but it can happen, if they aren't careful. There is nothing under the First Amendment that prohibits such baiting. Hence, it continues and the media wrap themselves in righteousness as they do it. What this means for candidates is that they have to prepare themselves for the odd-ball question that can detonate in their faces. One wonders why anyone wants to be President.