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    Re: Was It Fair For Chris Wallace To Ask Michele Backmann If She Was ‘Flake?’

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Would his dad have asked the question? Doubtful.
    Whos dad? Did I miss something? I think I did.
    Either way it WAS a good question. It threw her off BUT she managed quite well. I give a thumbs up.
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    Re: Was It Fair For Chris Wallace To Ask Michele Backmann If She Was ‘Flake?’

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant Noodle View Post
    Whos dad? Did I miss something? I think I did.
    Either way it WAS a good question. It threw her off BUT she managed quite well. I give a thumbs up.
    Chris Wallace's father is Mike Wallace, of 60 Minutes.


    To the matter at hand; she's a total flake. However, I still think it's a dubious question.
    First; because there is a fundamental irrationality in asking an unreliable person whether or not they are reliable, the premise of the question necessitates the answer will be meaningless.
    Second; It's a blunt, and clumsy sort of question. It would have been much more illuminating, not to mention, classier, to confront her with some of the various crazy statements that she has made and say; 'Well, what did you mean by that?' and simply allow her to hang herself. That's perfectly fair, and it's substantive criticism, as opposed to just calling someone names.
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    Re: Was It Fair For Chris Wallace To Ask Michele Backmann If She Was ‘Flake?’

    Quote Originally Posted by NGNM85 View Post
    Chris Wallace's father is Mike Wallace, of 60 Minutes.
    ah! I never looked to see who said it. Im actually more disgusted that someone would have sex with Mike Wallace.
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    Re: Was It Fair For Chris Wallace To Ask Michele Backmann If She Was ‘Flake?’

    I wish more people would be this direct.

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    Re: Was It Fair For Chris Wallace To Ask Michele Backmann If She Was ‘Flake?’

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    On Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace interviewed Michele Backmann and during the interview he mentioned some of the crazy things she has said. Then he asked her: "Are you a Flake?"

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    In the bigger picture, it wasn't a bad move on FOX's part, as they can point to this moment as a reference when they ask questions in a similar tone and vein of anyone... especially Obama and his policies... should he win his party's nomination. No questions should be off the table... we the public need maximum information, not protection of candidates.

    Too bad we didn't have this line of questioning for Obama in 2008. Of course... it most likely would have been seen as racist back then.

    Journalist: Senator Obama, you avoided votes on tough issues in the IL State Senate, you were barely present in the US Senate, you have no private sector experience to speak of, you're an ACORN/Alinksy community organizer mentored by a race baiter for 20-years... Senator Obama, don't you think it's a flaky idea to run for president when you have little record and qualification?

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    Re: Was It Fair For Chris Wallace To Ask Michele Backmann If She Was ‘Flake?’

    It's something she's been accused of. Asking her the question gave her the opportunity to answer that accusation and use it to spin a positive narrative. She declined.

    It's totally fair. Asking the question was more fair than not asking it.

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    Re: Was It Fair For Chris Wallace To Ask Michele Backmann If She Was ‘Flake?’

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    I don't connect his name with someone in particular - I'd have to google, too lazy.

    But 'are you a flake?' - since when is that interview material? What meaty facts and discussion was suppose to come from whatever her answer was going to be when he decided to say that?

    My new - HUGE - complaint is that when people get on air in an interview it's a waste of time - my time, their time, everyone's time - because the interviewer is full of self stroking tripe and isn't actually wanting to engage the other person - instead - they're wanting to ask stupid 5th grade questions such as 'what's your favorite color' and 'what magazines do you read?'

    I've really stopped following and relying on the media - full spectrum - because there's no substance, no seriousness, it's just ridiculous drama that leads no where.

    So - did he ask anything else? Did anything remotely revealing or insightful come from his opportunity to interview her or is it all a waste?
    Here's the full interview. All in all, pretty good. Just that one question - which may have been fair - but was inartfully put and came off rude.

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    Re: Was It Fair For Chris Wallace To Ask Michele Backmann If She Was ‘Flake?’

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    It's something she's been accused of. Asking her the question gave her the opportunity to answer that accusation and use it to spin a positive narrative. She declined.
    evidently you didn't watch the interview?

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    Re: Was It Fair For Chris Wallace To Ask Michele Backmann If She Was ‘Flake?’

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I do not watch Criss Wallce. So I can't really say a definite yes or no. If he asks all those he interviews if they are a flake then sure it would be fair to ask Backmann if she is a flake. If this is the first time or one of the few times during his whole career if he asked someone if they were a flake or some other name then it would not be fair to ask her if she is a flake.
    He prefaced the question by saying you've had some big gaffs, then asked if she was a flake.

    I think he could have asked in a less insulting way. It really is a stupid question. I mean did he expect her to say yes? It would have been better to ask her to explain some of the crazy things she's said. Of course, that would take up the entire interview.
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    Re: Was It Fair For Chris Wallace To Ask Michele Backmann If She Was ‘Flake?’

    It was "fair" in that reporters can ask what they want. However, it was extremely rude, unprofessional, and offensive for him to do that.
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