Kristol and Krauthammer on Thatcher; Jake Tapper on “WaterTape” and the Bugging of Mitch McConnell
On Monday’s program Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol were both guests, reacting to the death of Margaret Thatcher and both offered answers to the question of whether Thatcher in the late ’70s faced a more daunting task than the next conservative president of the United States will face when he or she tales over the wreckage that Barack Obama is piling up. Add these conversation to the one I had with the New York Times’ John Burns and to the essays by Paul Johnson and Andrew Roberts in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, and there will emerge a very good picture of The Iron Lady’s place in history.
On the transcripts page you will also find my interview of Jake Tapper from yesterday’s program. Tapper’s The Lead has already become a competitor to Fox’s Special Report for seriousness and genuine journalism, and I wish both networks would at least try replaying them both in the midnight eastern slots so that West Coast folk could have something to watch at 9 PM. In my conversation with Tapper yesterday we covered the coverage of “WaterTape” –the bugging of Mitch McConnell’s campaign conversations, and Tapper wondered how long it would be until an illegal taping of some journalists occurred as they talked candidly about their own tactics and agendas. Soon, I hope.
“It’s a confusing story,” Tapper said of the McConnell tape, “because we don’t really know where Mother Jones got this information from.”
“Was is recorded by some mole? Was it accidental?” he added. ”You know, I don’t know where they got it from. Have they stated? I believe that they say it wasn’t a wiretap, but it’s very curious.”
It is very curious, but we don’t have a very curious MSM, at least not when it comes to the origins of hits on the center-right. The first MSM organization to really breathe bipartisan curiosity into its news-gathering will win a ratings windfall.