Thursday, April 2, 2009

Politicians without their smiley faces

I'm a late arrival to the independent video journalism of Jan Helfeld, but his exchange with Rep. Pete Stark is absolutely remarkable. It's eye-opening not just for Stark's idiotic insistence that national debt is a measure of nationals wealth (the deeper in the red, the more loaded we are), but also for Helfer's ability to strip away the false mask of geniality that cloaks most politicians' encounters with the press. Stark comes off as arrogant, condescending and abusive.

It's revealing when a government official threatens to throw an interviewer out the window.

By the way, Helfeld has had remarkable success in gaining access to prominent people and asking them tougher questions than they're accustomed to hearing from mainstream reporters.



Anonymous Duff OMelia said...

Wow. That is remarkable. Perhaps Stark got angry because he started to realize that his complete ignorance of economics was becoming obvious.

April 2, 2009 1:49 PM  
Blogger Johnny said...

Then fill up the glasses with treacle and ink,
Or anything else that is pleasant to drink:
Mix sand with the cider, and wool with the wine--
And welcome Queen Alice with ninety-times-nine!

April 4, 2009 6:10 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

I checked out this guy's site. I don't think he asks very good questions, and I don't think he exposes anything that isn't already obvious. He badgers people until they get pissed off. I'm sure I'd want to throw him out a window too
(though I think Stark is obviously an idiot, but I already knew that).

April 4, 2009 12:30 PM  

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