Bill Keller Swings and Misses
On Sunday’s Face the Nation, the New York Times’ Bill Keller was tossed a softball by Bob Schieffer, one that telegraphs Schieffer’s intent by referencing the Fourth of July. What do you think Schieffer intended Keller to say; what do make of what Keller said, and how ought Keller to have answered:
SCHIEFFER: If you had something to say to people in America on this Fourth ofJuly weekend about all this, what would it be, Mr. Keller?
Mr. KELLER: I guess I would say if you’re under the impression that the press is neutral in this war on terror, or that we’re agnostic–and you couldget that impression from some of the criticism–that couldn’t be more wrong.We have people traveling in the front lines with soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. We’ve had people who’ve been murdered in trying to figure out the terrorist threat. You know, we live in cities that are targets, proven targets, for the terrorists. So we–we’re not neutral in this.
SCHIEFFER: All right. Well, we’ll leave it there. Thank you very much