Karl Rove may well be among the most influential political operatives in our nation’s history. Aside from all his dirty tricks, dirty-campaigning innovations, and master-minding of GWB’s “most destructive Presidency ever,” he’s providing an important impetus for the evolution of political interviewers from gullible bumpkins to shrewd reporters.
Here’s one reason why: In Rove’s appearance on NPR’s Fresh Air (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124597241), he dodged question after question and substituted his own take on reality for the facts the rest of us all acknowledge.
Don’t take my word for it. Here’s a review: http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?month=03&year=2010&base_name=why_its_impossible_to_intervie#comments
In other words, come on Fresh Air or Meet the Press and lie all you want. But don’t expect your lies to last longer than the few days it takes for a cadre of interested persons from many different political camps to research and reveal the verifiable contextual and factual record. That’s when the “live” interview transforms from an exercise in trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes into an annotated historical document that accurately reveals the interviewee’s true character, as expressed in his or her own words.
We’ll get there. And when we do, we can all look happily at one another and say: “Ain’t the media grand?”