December 2, 2013

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski had a fine question for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning. In an interview about the Bronx commuter-train derailment, she asked the governor, “Have you ridden Metro North lately?”

Plain, clear and geared toward accountability, it’s the kind of question that makes a public official squirm.

One problem: Brzezinski managed to clump the question in with a bunch of other inquiries, as the transcript reveals:

Let me ask you this –have you ridden Metro North lately? You talk about improvements, haven’t they been needed for quite some time? Has Metro North been up to par? If you ride in one of those trains, does it seem like you’re riding into the future?

Cuomo chose the question he liked most. “It has been, it has been. It is up to date. It’s a line that has been working well,” said the governor. “There have been several unrelated incidents, but we want to find out is there any connectivity among those incidents, are there any improvements we can make….”

Opportunity missed.

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