9. Anthony Weiner vs Megyn Kelly
Let’s face it: journalists can often be impertinent. Sometimes they ask bad questions, and they frequently hammer the same question over and over again, even when the respondent has already answered. But just as often as they are out of line, journalists can ask probing, important questions, and sometimes the respondents are the impertinent ones. In one fairly infamous case late this year, one congressman succeeded in making himself look like a fool.
In the face of the year-end budget debates during the lame duck session in December, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) appeared on America Live on Fox News. When anchor Megyn Kelly turned the discussion to the estate tax, Weiner began to act like a petulant child, sighing, looking around, and interrupting Kelly, who maintained her cool throughout.
Here’s a slice of the conversation:
KELLY: You mentioned the estate tax twice, so I do want to ask you about it. The argument from the other side is that it’s a morally corrupt tax. I don’t have a five million dollar estate–I’d like to some day–but if I work all my life and I pay my taxes on my income and then I die and I want to pass on what would be great if it were a five million dollar estate to my kids, why should I pay the government again? Why should there be a 35 or 45 or 55 percent tax on that again?
WEINER: You aren’t paying anything in that case because you’ll be dead.
KELLY: The estate is, and that’s less for my children.
WEINER: The only question is… look.
KELLY: No, you’re not… Answer my question. How is that fair?
WEINER: Megyn, Megyn… Megyn, you’re going to have to let me answer the question. We’re going to have a conversation that gets us anywhere.
KELLY: Go ahead.
WEINER: The only question here is not whether or not there should be a tax on that, the question is where the limit should be and how much should…
KELLY: No, I’ll ask the question and you’re not answering. Just tell me how it’s fair.
Weiner never answered the question, except to say that “you’ll be dead” when your estate is taxed. You can read the transcript to get an idea how uncivil and testy Weiner was in the interview, but his body language and tone of voice tell the whole story.
It makes me wonder how proud the people of New York’s 9th District are of a congressman who makes himself look so silly on camera. Nevertheless, Weiner’s attitude is telling about how the Left is. They’re by and large unconcerned about how they take citizens’ money, just so long as they get the money.