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    Ambush Interviewer Gets Ambushed

    Ambush Interviewer Gets Ambushed

    Alan Simpson, unlike Bob Etheridge, stayed and answered questions during a hostile ambush interview, and gave the questioner, Alex Lawson of Social Security Works (filming for Firedoglake’s “live stream“) an earful about the fallacies behind left-wing attacks on reforming Social Security and lowering the deficit.

    Lawson asked loaded questions but didn’t want to hear the answers because the truth is that Social Security monies have been borrowed to fund big government programs which cannot be sustained.

    Lawson may have thought he was ambushing Simpson, but by staying and verbally sparring with Lawson, Simpson obviously caught Lawson off guard. The hunter became the hunted.

    But what does Firedoglake run as the headline and story line? That Simpson used the term “lesser people in society” in referring to the need to preserve Social Security.

    Clearly Simpson meant people of lesser economic means, but rather than deal with the facts and reality, Firedoglake used that term as proof that Simpson views poor people as lesser human beings, and calls the commission the “Catfood Commission.” Here is part of the exchange:

    ALAN SIMPSON: We’re really working on solvency… the key is solvency

    ALEX LAWSON: What about adequacy? Are you focusing on adequacy as well?

    SIMPSON: Where do you come up with all the crap you come up with?

    SIMPSON: We’re trying to take care of the lesser people in society and do that in a way without getting into all the flash words you love dig up, like cutting Social Security, which is bullshit. We’re not cutting anything, we’re trying to make it solvent.

    I have my own issues with this commission and how it likely will be used by Obama as an excuse to break (again) his promise not to raise taxes on anyone making under $250,000 per year.

    But at least Simpson was honest enough to lay the cards on the table when asked, unlike the Democrats — particularly Harry “Havoc” Reid and Max “Near Chaos” Baucus — who refused to include funds for the “Doc Fix” in Obamacare so they could get favorable CBO scoring, and now are screaming about the failure to fund the Doc Fix.

    Here is the video (h/t HotAir via Breitbart). Turn up the sound:


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    Rick Caird | June 19, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I was glad to see the final paragraph which talked about the "Doc Fix". I am not sure how many people on Medicare realize that the National Health Insurance bill shortchanged the doctor seeing Medicare patients for the sole purpose of getting the bill a better CBO score. This bill has been a tissue of lies, half truths, hidden costs, and hidden restrictions. The more these things are publicized, the more anger there is directed at that bill.

    Most people cannot match Alan Simpson–straight talker and all round good guy; got that Wyoming cowboy thing going for him. Certainly cannot be bested by some dweeb like the FDL guy. The down side to any interview of course, is how they are edited and then rebroadcast–Seems to me anyone giving an interview should demand to see the final version prior to publication and be provided a forum to respond.

    The War Planner | June 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Boy was I sandbagged on this item over at Hot Air! I thought, "Hot dog, another out of touch member of congress gets it handed to him by a hip, with it, savvy interviewer."

    Then, as the viddy unfolded, the realization struck.

    Thank goodness Senator Simpson is on that commission. It's also good to see the lib ambushes are really as maladroit as they are.

    .."with it"?

    I had the great pleasure of riding a campaign bus with Senator Simpson in 1994. He is a great man who always told you what he was thinking. I don't know how he made it so long in politics with that attitude, except that the people of Wyoming are generally good at judging character.

    OT, One day I standing outside the campaign bus, Senator Simpson walked up to two younger men that were on the bus and showed them a trick that he taught himself in college. Senator Simpson pulled a silver dollar from his pocket, flicked it up in the air. As the coin was nearing the ground he kicked it with the heal of his boot. The Senator then pulled open the breast pocket of his jacket and caught the coin.

    Senator Simpson is talented in many ways.

    Insty is linking to this as an example of how to respond to ambush journalists, when it obviously isn't. Even Insty should have realized that the video's upshot is disputed. This site and other GOP sites say Simpson won. FDL and HuffPo say the questioner won. If the video were the correct response, then who won would be clear and wouldn't break along party lines.

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