Politics

MEDIA WATCH

The Russert Treatment

It's a campaign ritual--fielding questions by Tim Russert on Meet the Press. His famous interview style seeks to trap politicians with their own words. But does the technique shed light on the candidates or does it require them to spend time providing context for their previous statements, crowding out more meaningful queries? It was Barack Obama's turn on Nov. 11; the previous week, Fred Thompson's. The Russert ratio of gotcha to substance questions was 24 to 17.

24:17

RATIO OF GOTCHA TO SUBSTANCE

DOUBLE TAKE

Having gone 0 for 8 with Democratic presidential candidates, political consultant...

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