This week’s poll looks at a now notorious (at least for this week) exchange between CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett and President Obama. During a press conference in which President Obama discussed the nuclear deal with Iran, Garrett asked the following:
As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran, three held on trumped-up charges that, according to your administration, one whereabouts unknown. Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscience of this nation, the strength of this nation, unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?
And last week, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said under no circumstances should there be any relief for Iran in terms of ballistic missiles or conventional weapons. It is perceived that was a last-minute capitulation in these negotiations.
Many in the Pentagon feel you’ve left the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff high out to dry. Could you comment?
The president was not pleased and began his response with: “I’ve got to give you credit, Major, for how you craft those questions. The notion that I am content as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails, Major, that’s nonsense, and you should know better.”
CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash was a prominent critic of Garrett’s line of questioning, saying that “There’s a fine line between asking a tough question and maybe crossing that line a little bit and being disrespectful, and I think that happened here.”
The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple defended Garrett’s comments, writing that it was a necessary, if “theatrical” question. As for Bash’s comments, Wemple disagreed, pointing out a particular line that displayed “a troubling deference to pomp.”
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