Bumped from late last night. – Rosi
Tonight in the post-debate press room at NJTV, Rep. Tom MacArthur’s chief of staff tried to shut down a Blue Jersey writer from asking a question of his candidate. Twice. Frank Luna (photo, right) talked over Joey Novick’s question for MacArthur twice. “Let the reporters in the room ask their questions.”Two minutes later, on Joey’s second attempt to get MacArthur to answer? “You’re a blogger at Blue Jersey!” right over the question. Philly Inquirer’s writer tweeted the drama.
Tom MacArthur’s been in Congress for almost 4 years, running for his 3rd term in the House. He should be able to answer any question from anybody. What’s so scary about us? Luna kept it up even after another reporter said, “Frank, let him ask his question.” So Luna tried to end the questions entirely. Finally Joey addressed MacArthur, that he say himself he wasn’t going to take our question, or just take it. He took it.
So, what was the question? You can see that at the 4-minute mark below. MacArthur had ended every answer to every question with something negative about Andy Kim; some swipe. So Joey asked for an answer that didn’t end in Andy Kim. And MacArthur was unable to do it, and answered Joey’s question with stock whataboutism.
Our questions are at mark 1:50 and mark 4:00.
Blue Jersey had two people covering tonight’s NJTV Debate between Tom MacArthur and Andy Kim; Deciminyan was live-tweeting, and Joey Novick was in the press room at NJTV. I assisted both.