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Neil Munro won’t answer questions about his questions

Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro famously interrupted President Obama on Friday during a presentation on immigration policy. An impressive number of people outside of the Daily Caller deemed Munro’s actions rude, unacceptable or something along those lines.

The ostensibly high-minded but actually absent-minded response from Daily Caller-land zeroes in on accountability. From Munro:

I timed the question believing the president was closing his remarks, because naturally I have no intention of interrupting the President of the United States. I know he rarely takes questions before walking away from the podium. When I asked the question as he finished his speech, he turned his back on the many reporters, and walked away while I and at least one other reporter asked questions.”

From Daily Caller boss Tucker Carlson:

A reporter’s job is to ask questions and get answers. Our job is to find out what the federal government is up to. Politicians often don’t want to tell us. A good reporter gets the story. We’re proud of Neil Munro.

Enthused by the Daily Caller’s approach to accountability, I reached out this morning to Munro in search of an interview on Friday’s events. The response:


Too busy with health-care, etc.



Waiting to hear back from Munro on whether his no-comment complies with his own principles on public accountability. He appears to be learning what it’s like to have the questions coming at him.

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

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