During a live interview on Tuesday, MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt was standing next to CNN’s Manu Raju with a microphone to pick up the remarks by Senator Lindsey Graham regarding the recent controversy over Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
At one point, Raju asked Graham, “Do you think the White House is being truthful of the version of events that happened and their meetings that occurred between the associates and the Russians?”
But when Graham said that he thinks the Trump campaign probably met with a lot of people, as the Hillary Clinton campaign likely did as well, Hunt decided that she had had enough and promptly vacated the interview, leaving an audio-less Graham to continue his thought.
Hunt decided instead to pursue Rand Paul, who could be seen walking past Graham in the background.
Was this a case of chasing another story? Was Hunt just trying to protect Hillary Clinton and the Democrats as the audio was cut as soon as she conveniently decided to walk away once the Clintons were mentioned? Was it perfectly legitimate for her to abandon the Graham interview to pursue an interview with Rand Paul? Or, will her critics see it it merely a sign of unprofessional journalism?
Whether it was completely inappropriate or not, the awkwardness of the video is evidence that it is certainly not that common a practice in journalism. And Ms. Hunt is no stranger to having disregard for accepted journalistic practices during interviews.
Kasie Hunt has the unique distinction of being involved in what many critics see as one of the most smug and disrespectful interviews in American history.
Back in December of 2014, Hunt somehow convinced herself that it was perfectly acceptable to look the sitting Governor of the state of Texas, Rick Perry, in the eyes and flat-out ask him, “Are you smart enough to be President?” It was difficult to see the rest of the interview with all the smug in the air but what was clear was that Mr. Perry was smart enough to put a conceited, narcissistic journalist in her place.
Regardless of her motives in abandoning this Lindsey Graham interview, at least in the eyes of this columnist, Hunt will still hold the title of conducting one of the most arrogant and disrespectful interviews in recent cable news history.
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