This well-established journalistic ethic was thrown out the window today during President Obama's announcement about suspending deportation of certain young illegal immigrants.
Neil Munro, a reporter for Tucker Carlson's right-wing blog "The Daily Caller," hollered out a question while the president was speaking. President Obama, clearly irritated, told Munro not to yell at him while he was speaking. When he reached a point in his statements that addressed the question Munro yelled, Mr. Obama scolded him, saying "“The next time I prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask a question."
Munro misrepresented Mr. Obama's policy statement in a piece written earlier in the day for the conservative blog. He wrote:
President Barack Obama is using his control over government agencies to establish a semi-amnesty for younger illegal immigrants, even though the nation’s youth unemployment rate is already at a record level.
Yet, there is nothing in what the President announced that even approached amnesty, let alone the kind of amnesty offered to three million illegal aliens in 1986 during the Reagan Administration.
The terms of what the President explained are quite simple. If you were brought to this country illegally by your parents when you were under 16, if you are under 30, if you have been here longer than 5 years, if you have a clean criminal record, have graduated high school or have a GED or have served in the military, you get your deportation status "deferred" for two years and can be issued a work permit.
According to a "tweet" from Brian Stelter, a TV/Media reporter for the New York Times, Daily Caller owner Tucker Carlson confirmed it was Munro who interrupted the President. Twice. "Tucker Carlson hadn't seen the video, but he defended Munro. "As a general matter, reporters are there to ask questions."
This is just the latest example of disrespect shown to President Obama, including when Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) shouted "You Lie!" at Obama during the 2010 State of the Union, and when Arizona Governor Jan Brewer wagged her finger in Obama's face during his visit to her state earlier this year.