Not sure how many of you caught Chuck Grassley being “interviewed” by John Roberts this morning, but it was yet another journalistic failure:
ROBERTS: Senator, of course, the president has got this speech to a joint session of Congress tomorrow evening. He kind of laid down the groundwork for that, yesterday’s speech to the AFL-CIO in which he took on people like yourself who have been critical of his plans for health care, saying what have you done lately? Let’s listen to what the president said.
OBAMA: What are you going to do? What’s your answer? What’s your solution? And you know what? They don’t have one. (link to video)
ROBERTS: Senator, the president charges, you don’t have a solution. So let me ask you now, what is your solution to health care reform? What’s your plan?
GRASSLEY: Well, don’t forget, I’ve been working the last three or four months with Senator Baucus one-on-one and then later with a group of six to come up with a bipartisan plan. And it seems to me that the bipartisan approach is the best. And if you look at the president during his campaign, he wanted to be post partisan, and it seems to me like those statements yesterday were very partisan, contrary to what he promised in the last campaign.
But I would be working towards a bipartisan effort. And if we don’t get a bipartisan effort, then, of course, there are so many things in what I’ve been working towards that could easily go into my plan or a Republican plan and then don’t forget that there’s already four Republican plans out there introduced by other members of our caucus. But because we’re the minority party, you at CNN and other places haven’t given our plans much publicity because I suppose we’re in the minority and you want to help the president so much so that I hope that if we – if we don’t have a bipartisan plan, that you’ll start giving some attention to the Republican plans that are out there.
ROBERTS: Right. Well, I can assure you, Senator Grassley, it’s not our intention to help any politician, president, you, anyone else. We’re just merely telling people what is out there and we will redouble our efforts to illuminate Republican plans.
Now I am just a lowly blogger, and not a highly trained and well paid journalist, but my gut instinct after Grassley whined for two minutes there about bipartisanship and media bias would have been to ask: “That’s great. But what exactly is your plan?” I, however, am not John Roberts, who felt the need to apologize. That must be a new interviewing technique they are teaching the professionals these days.
At any rate, I guess we did learn one thing, and in a roundabout way, Chuck Grassley did tell us the truth while whining to Roberts. The truth is, they don’t have a plan. At all.