Ahhh, “ambush.” ‘Tis a funny word when said twice, pee-inducing when said thrice.
ThinkProgress ambushed Fox News producer Jesse Watters at the Values Voter Summit to ask him why he ambushes people. Very clever. Unfortunately, progressives lack that innate prickishness that comes so naturally to guys like Watters, so while it is intellectually satisfying, it lacks a little zazz.
I give the guy points for quick thinking, but it was his quest for truth that fucked him up a little. He had a real winner in the Amanda Terkel ambush, and he should have stayed on that. When you’ve got a minute to ask questions of someone you don’t mind burning a bridge with, keep the focus on the stalking. For example:
When you were pursuing Amanda, did you make that “Ch-ch-ch-ch…ah-ah-ah-ah” noise from the Friday the 13th movies?
Was she dressed in a way that you thought might get her raped, given the right circumstances?
If so, do you think she would have enjoyed that had she also been transformed into an 11 year-old boy?
Also, how creepy was it to tell the reporter to say “hi” to Amanda and her boyfriend?
There are different kinds of ambush interviews, mind you. Watters’ Cape Fear style is at the extreme end of the spectrum. ThinkProgress’ reporter was at a press-covered event, and approached Watters on neutral, mutually safe ground.
O’Reilly tormentor Mike Stark is also at the Values Voter Summit, getting thrown out of Bill O’Reilly’s closed-to-the-press “Press Courage Award” speech. I guess you could say he was scrubbed. Like a loofah, get it? Bah!
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