Two CNN personalities, I hesitate to call them journalists after this performance, were taken to task by a former CIA counterterrorism expert Michael Scheuer.
The personalities clearly did not understand the geopolitical issues that are going on, nor were they prepared to ask intelligent questions. It’s OK to ask dumb questions, the problem was, instead of just asking the real expert to elaborate on his answers, they decided to take off their reporter’s hat and play amateur pundits.
They lost that game.
If you’re going to be a reporter, be a reporter. Most print journalists already do a fine job on this. The problem arises with TV journalists being personalities. They need to be more like Cronkite and Jennings and just report.
Have fun watching this one.
The personalities didn’t know how to connect the dots. What makes a good journalist is being able to do so, and explain the story in context for the consumer. Scheuer does it for them, and they blow him off; “it’s about the economy, dummies.”
Here’s where Scheuer was leading them to: