Obama Camp Spitting Mad about Fox News Interview

Obama’s Friday interview by Major Garrett, in which he describes his membership at Trinity United and his connection to Rev. Wright, has been called one of his worst ever. At the time, people were wondering what he could have been thinking, especially given the Democrats on-again-off-again boycott of Fox News.

Melanie Morgan says that as soon as it aired Garrett got an earful:

As I was waiting to go on-the-air, Major Garrett of Fox News was on stand-by to do further reporting on his excellent interview with BHO in which he simply asked a number of questions like: “Did Reverand Wright marry you? Did Reverand Wright baptize your children? How often did you attend church? Did you donate money to the church?”After that segment aired, Major Garrett’s phone started buzzing. He recieved a call from Obama’s campaign, and they were REAMING him over the report. From his end, I heard Garrett say “I have nothing to apologize for.”

He repeated that several times, and he amplified by saying that he was merely asking questions that everyone wanted answers to.

That did NOT satisfy Obama’s people, and Garrett flushed a couple of times while responding to the invective thrown his way.

Strategically, I’m not sure why Obama would choose to go only to Fox News with this story, especially because I don’t think that anyone every believed this one would be confined to “conservative” media. So far it looks like every decision he’s made about Wright has only made him look worse. Obama himself admits that “my judgment at the time [that he asked Wright to join his campaign] was that this was not as problematic as what I’ve seen over the last couple of days.


Transcript of the interview is here. YouTube video is here.

h/t Greg Pollowitz at National Review’s Media Blog.


~ by Gabriel Malor on March 17, 2008.

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