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November 19, 2023 11:13 am  #1

Mayor Excoriates Reporter Over Hard Questions

This isn't local, but it's quite an amazing piece of tape. It involves a scandal about a flaw in the water billing system in Houston and a persistent reporter trying to ask the Mayor of that city for answers. She went to one of his press conferences and confronted him with her questions, after he repeatedly refused to talk to her. 

What followed was quite an amazing public confrontation, with the elected official openly calling her "rude" and excoriating her in public as she continued to press for answers he refused to give. The reason I'm posting this here is because too often reporters today accept a politician's canned answer and everybody runs the same clip.

It's nice to see one who won't take no for an answer - even if she ultimately doesn't get one. 


November 19, 2023 12:37 pm  #2

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This has nothing to do with news.  These two don't like each other and this has been going on for two years.
Both the reporter and mayor are grandstanding.  Move on...   


November 20, 2023 10:42 am  #3

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The Mayor is a jerk..You are in an elected position...answer the damn question !
I once had a Mayor tell me he didn't like my line of questioning...I told him " I don't tell you how to do your job..don't tell me how to do mine !" We got along fine after that.


November 20, 2023 11:12 am  #4

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Very similar to the Pete Doocy/Jen Psaki exchanges in the first few months of the Biden administration. Doocy would start off by saying "certain people have criticized the President because..." and Psaki would immediately ask "Who?". They would spar back and forth for a few minutes before Doocy would admit that the "certain people" was Donald Trump. Not very enlightening from a public policy perspective, but worthwhile for viewers who wanted to get a look at the give-and-take of a presidential press conference.


November 20, 2023 12:35 pm  #5

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He was elected Mayor of Houston in 2019 with 56% of the vote. However, only 20% of eligible voters actually voted. John Tory was re-elected in 2022 with a 29% turnout. Olivia Chow was elected with a 38% turnout.


November 20, 2023 12:47 pm  #6

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I honestly can't say I've explored the details behind this story. What I found refreshing is to see a reporter actually challenge one of these power puffed people and not take a B.S. answer as the end of it, like too many of them do. "OK, got my clip for the 6 PM news. That's enough!" Meanwhile, the official gets away without saying anything. 

It's the same reason I so often praise Vassy Kapelos. It's like trying to pin Jello to the wall getting a straight, non-talking point answer out of the politicos from every party, but she keeps going and going, often asking the same question three times in three different ways to try and pull out an honest, real response.

When they don't give her one, at least she's shown discerning voters that the guy or gal never answered the question. 

We need more of that. 

     Thread Starter

November 20, 2023 1:51 pm  #7

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Agreed, RA.


November 20, 2023 6:10 pm  #8

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My favourite canned answer is one that tends to follow someone dying before their time. It's more song and dance than song, and it goes something like this: "The public's (or whoever's) safety is our number one priority."