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Friday, July 02, 2004

Irish Reporter Rips Dubya a New One...

Some quotes:

Unlike American reporters, who lob softball questions Bush can field with prepared, rehearsed answers, Coleman performed as most European broadcast interviewers normally do -- in a naturally engaging, intellectually rigorous, conversational manner. However, Bush bristled at Coleman's questions and interviewing style, about which the White House (which posted a transcript of the session on its Web site) later "lodged an official complaint with the Irish embassy in Washington."


Reminding Bush that U.S. forces never had found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq after toppling Saddam Hussein, Coleman noted, "Mr. President, the world is a more dangerous place today. I don't know whether you can see that or not." Bush replied, incredulously, "Why do you say that?" Sounding defensive, he insisted that subsequent terrorist bombings in Bali, Istanbul and Madrid were not related to his invasion of Iraq. (White House transcript)


And so it went for what, for Bush and his aides, turned out to be an excruciating 15 minutes. "Bush and his media handlers" were "furious" at Coleman, the first Irish reporter in 20 years to land a White House interview with a U.S. president. They bemoaned what they felt had been her "lack of respect." (Times)

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