Rep. Barney Frank Schools NBC Host

Rep. Barney Frank Schools NBC Host November 30, 2011


In case you missed this, I think Rep. Barney Frank handles this interview with much more insight that NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. She was clearly out of her league but, as usual, Frank was quick-of-tongue-and-cheek.

I love it when Frank says, “I wish we could talk substance sometimes in the media, but I know that’s against the rules.”

He’s a curmudgeon, yes, but being a crank doesn’t mean he’s not spot on about calling Guthrie and media out for their lack of critical analysis and going in for the cheap shot.

I think Samantha Guthrie just got schooled in the art of interviewing.

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  • Frank was doing great till he started talking about how great he was with working with the other party. Then he points the finger at Newt. Ironic. And at the beginning of this clip, at the 1:00 mark, he says the “right wing is trying to undermine” financial reform. Doesn’t sound to me like a guy who should be bragging at how well he respects people on the other side of the aisle.

    • To clarify:
      1. My point is not whether he’s right or wrong about Newt or the financial reform topic. The point is he is pointing a finger while claiming he doesn’t like the fact that there’s so much finger-pointing.
      2. Any time someone uses the suffix “-wing”–whether it’s preceded by “right” or “left”, it’s used in a derogatory manner. One never hears of a liberals referring to themselves as left-wing, nor a conservative refer to themselves as right-wing.

      • Carter

        I refer to myself all the time as left-wing. I also like the term leftist.

        However, I think I agree with your larger point.

  • AF Roger

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to be a fly on the wall as talk show hosts and their handlers are preparing for the show? Nobody comes at this neutrally, neither the interviewers nor the guests. For sure, the program producers don’t.

  • John in PDX

    Sorry you don’t like Curmudgeons. That was an insult to them.

    I would agree with your comment about mainstream media.

    Barney the Purple Dinosaur could do a better interview than the current talking heads.

    At least most people figure Big Purple out by the time they are 10. For voters in MA to vote Barney the crank in for 30 years should be criminal.

    • Ah… John… Barney has his good points.

      • John in PDX

        Blogovich probably had some too. I just never saw one.

        • Karen Spears Zacharias

          Good point.

  • AF Roger

    For interviewing, my lifetime achievement award goes to Terry Gross of WHYY radio in Philly, not only for style and content, but for breadth and taste. It’s always amazing to me when some lesser known author, blues artist or journalist dies and Ms. Gross is able to pull out of the archives an interview from 5, 10, 15 years ago to re-broadcast as a tribute. The cost-benefit ratio of her more in-depth work, compared to the 1-5 minute sound bites on TV, is just astounding.

    • I love Terry but if you want to hear her flub it check out the interview she did with Gene Simmons of KISS. I think she was so appalled by his comments, she got totally discombobulated. It happens to even the best…