Friday, October 23, 2015

The Incoherent Press Conference

Gaffes & Whimpers

“Do you really remember any recent interview with a major politician? Usually, the only thing that stands out in the mind is some stupid gaffe or piece of rambling incoherence. And if you go and check the original, it generally turns out that this was prompted by a dull or rambling question.

“Try reading the next transcript of a presidential ‘news conference,’ and see which makes you whimper more: the chief executive’s train-wreck syntax or the lame and contrived promptings from the press.”

—Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011), author, critic and journalist, “Oriana Fallaci and the Art of the Interview,” Vanity Fair, 2006

Editorial Comment: He was stupid first.

PeezPix by Ted Pease


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