Even the most respected journalists can have a tough time maintaining the stone-faced visage that accompanies objectivity, especially in this presidential election. Case in point: CNN stalwart Jake Tapper, who just couldn’t suppress an astonished laugh at the spectacle of New Hampshire Governor and Democratic Senate candidate Maggie Hassan dancing around the question of Hillary Clinton‘s honesty and trustworthiness like a dressage horse with a weak bladder.
As reporter Manu Raju wrapped up a package on the presidential nominees’ effects on the New Hampshire race that featured Hassan thrice dodging the question, Tapper reacted with amusement at the Hassan campaign’s late attempt at clean-up:
Raju: Now afterwards, her campaign called and said she does believe that Hillary Clinton is honest and truthworthy.
Tapper: (laughs) It’s a pretty, it was a pretty direct question.
Alas, sometimes those can be the most difficult ones.
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