Santorum stoops to ‘gotcha’ snipe

March 19, 2012

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Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski this morning quizzed Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on his role in helping contraception to establish its spot as one of winter 2012’s biggest public issues. Santorum tried to dismiss the questioning but then retreated down a path tread by the likes of Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber. Santorum said:

“This is you guys playing gotcha politics.”

One more entry for the oral history of “gotcha.”

Was the Scarborough-Brzezinski teaming up to ask, as Wikipedia calls it, a question “designed to entrap interviewees into making statements which are damaging or discreditable to their cause, character, integrity, or reputation.” Or did the Morning Joe duo hew more toward the model of the Urban Dictionary, which calls “gotcha” inquiries “simple, straight-forward questions that cannot be answered by inept politicians”?

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
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