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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Carly avenges Sarah Palin in Katie interview

Carly Fiorina showed her fellow Republican candidates how to handle media partisans like Katie Couric. The lesson is simple: Do your homework and re-frame the question to suit your answer.

In her Yahoo interview show, Katie, who led CBS News to last place when she anchored its evening news and whose subsequent syndicated talk show tanked worse than "Pink Lady and Jeff," had the nerve to knock Carly Fiorina who rose from secretary to CEO at Hewlett-Packard.

Carly called Katie out on it. Katie happens to be a BFF of Hillary.

Katie said: "During your tenure at HP, the stock fell by more than 50 percent, which is a bigger drop than companies like IBM and Dell. And you were fired after five and a half years as CEO."

Then Katie said: "You've had some unkind words for Hillary Clinton. You said that she was not trustworthy and she hasn't accomplished very much. I think people might think, 'Well, she was the senator from New York and she was the Secretary of State.' "

Now in 2008, Katie could bully Sarah Palin, who did not prepare well for interviews.

But Carly is not Sarah Palin.

Carly: "Well, you see, Katie, in the world I come from, a title is just a title. I mean, you went through a whole bunch of things about me as CEO. You weren't impressed with my title. Why are we so impressed with political titles? Senator is a title. Secretary of State is a title. It's a completely legitimate question to say, 'What has anyone accomplished with their title?' And the truth is, there are many in the political class who haven't accomplished a whole lot, despite their titles."

You could say that about the media class as well.

The whole thing is at Newsbusters. I really liked this exchange:
COURIC: Speaking of women, you've had some unkind words for Hillary Clinton. You said that she was not trustworthy and she hasn't accomplished very much. I think people might think, "Well, she was the senator from New York and she was the Secretary of State." How can you really make those claims? 
FIORINA: Well, you see, Katie, in the world I come from, a title is just a title. I mean, you went through a whole bunch of things about me as CEO. You weren't impressed with my title. Why are we so impressed with political titles? Senator is a title. Secretary of State is a title. It's a completely legitimate question to say, "What has anyone accomplished with their title?" And the truth is, there are many in the political class who haven't accomplished a whole lot, despite their titles.
COURIC: What about the trustworthy claim? 
FIORINA: Well, you know, I think when you know that Benghazi is a purposeful terrorist attack and you peddle a fiction for four weeks after that attack, that indicates you are not trustworthy. When you talk about a private e-mail server, that's not trustworthy. When it turns out that you were supposed to be disclosing all these foreign government donations to the Clinton Global Initiative while you were Secretary of State and you didn't and now the Clinton Global Initiative is having to restate their 990s, that doesn't sound very trustworthy to me. 
Hey media, Republicans realize that like Ronald Reagan before them, they do not need the media to spread their message.

9 comments:

  1. Love the call out on the titles. Titles are the DemProg holy grail. What school, what award, what title. All quite separate from any actual accomplishment. Just get some fellow travelers on the board and hand out titles for some resume padding.

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    1. Or as Glenn Reynolds puts it: credentialed, but not educated.

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  2. I would have enjoyed it if CF had also said something like, "Well, Katie, you know what it's like to be fired...." Couric is a failure who seems to think she is still important or relevant. She needs to be taken down yet another peg, if that's even possible. Why is she still around to annoy us?

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  3. Well done, Carly. But how could Palin have prepared for questions (the newspaper one, of course) that no one in her camp so coming (with the more-than-possible exception of Nicolle Wallace, who might have tipped Couric off that she didn't read the Times)?

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  4. See also: http://m.washingtonexaminer.com/carly-fiorina-trolls-seth-meyers-over-domain-names/article/2564068

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  5. Reading this gave me a chubby.

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  6. The problem is that Carly Fiorina's tenure at HP was just as bad as Hillary's at the State Department, it's just that Fiorina had much less power to use or not use. If the ballot in November 2016 is Fiorina and Hillary, I'm not sure I'd vote for Fiorina, she's just that bad.

    I suppose Fiorina is not quite as incompetent as Hillary, but I sure hope I don't have to make such a decision.

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