Friday, September 06, 2013

Is This Ethical Interviewing?

Hierarchy of the U.S State Department. Click t...
Hierarchy of the U.S State Department. Click the image to enlarge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Associated Press reporter asked the State Department on Thursday if there had been a "group spine-removal procedure" following President Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for a military strike on Syria.
Seemingly perplexed over how Sec. of State John Kerry could call Obama's move "courageous," the AP's Matt Lee asked State Dept. spokesperson Jen Psaki, "What is courageous about asking permission for something that you say you don’t need [to ask permission for]?"
Psaki replied with a pro-forma answer, reiterating Secretary Kerry's support for the president's decision, before being interrupted by Lee.
"Was there a group spine-removal procedure at the White House over the weekend?" Lee asked. "I don't understand. How is this courageous?"
Psaki replied, "Well, Matt, obviously the president has the authority to act without the cooperation of Congress. But the president and the secretary strongly agreed that when the administration and the people's representatives stand together, that strengthens our case and makes our case even stronger internationally."

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