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FOX News’ John Roberts behaves badly at British press conference

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FOX News’ John Roberts behaves badly at British press conference

FOX News’ John Roberts behaves badly at British press conference
June 07
16:28 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump held a press conference as part of the President’s official state visit to the United Kingdom.  A number of critical issues were covered during the event.

It went off the rails – in my judgment – when FOX News White House Correspondent John Roberts asked about those prospective tariffs on Mexico as a push back against the mass migration enabled by the Mexican government.  What in hell did that have to do with the issues involved in the state visit to England – the issues that both May and Trump raised during their opening remarks?

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The purpose of the press conference was to enable reporters to develop their stories on such matters as Brexit, the question of the next prime minister, the potential for a bilateral trade agreement, the mutual effort to keep Iran from getting nuclear bombs, NATO member defense funding,  and even London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s declaring his opposition to the red carpet treatment for the American head-of-state and claiming Trump was a threat to the world.

There was no end of germane issues upon which members of the Fourth Estate could seek elaboration and report to the world.  But that is not what Roberts did.  He used his precious opportunity to question two of the world’s most powerful heads-of-state on RELEVANT matters of the moment to pose a question that was completely off the subject at hand.

In asking about Mexico, Roberts chose to ask about a back-home domestic issue while on foreign soil.  Of course, that question tended to block a lot of reporting about the meetings in London – especially on FOX News.

It is not as if there had not been – and will not be – many opportunities to ask Trump about the situation with Mexico.  In fact, Roberts’ query covered a subject that already had been addressed prior to Trump’s departure to London.  There was nothing inciteful about the question.  It elicited no new news.

I know it has become customary for the American press to ignore the subject of White House press briefings and rather digress to political subjects – often with the intent to reflect poorly on Trump.  Quite simply, they choose not to inform the public about matters that do not fit their preconceived and prejudicial narratives.

How many times have we seen Trump alongside heads-of-state in a press conferences in the White House only to have much of the American press ignoring our foreign guest to ask totally unrelated questions – and then never reporting the purpose and issues surrounding the visit.  Taking that practice overseas is even more disgraceful.

Not only was Roberts’ question a direct discourtesy to May – who had to figuratively twiddle her thumbs as the event went off subject — but to the entire British public who may have tuned in on the event to learn the latest information on issues relating to Great Britain.  For the most part, they could not care less about the potential of tariffs on Mexican goods going into the United States.

To its credit, the British press stayed on subject.  It took an American reporter to play into the iconic comparison between the British sense of propriety and American lack of appreciation for protocol.

If there was a dubious honor award for asking inappropriate questions, this one would go to John Roberts.  Hmmm.  Maybe we could call it the Jim Acosta Award in reference to the CNN reporter who has made inappropriate and boorish behavior an art from.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. lins roberts
    lins roberts June 07, 20:36

    THIS UNUSUAL FOR jOHN Roberts, He is usually a reliable and dependable reporter, But now that fox news is leaning left maybe he has decided to go with them

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  2. NavyJR
    NavyJR June 08, 19:35

    Just more proof Fox has gone over to the dark side with the rest of the MSM; and only alternative media produce actual NEWS.

    Reply to this comment
  3. William
    William June 08, 20:49

    Did they get Roberts from MSNBC or CNN? Does this give us a hint where Fox News is going under the new Fox administration?

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    UNCLE VLADDI June 09, 02:14

    Don’t forget FOX is owned by a Saudi Sheik and the libocrite sons of Rupert Murdoch.

    Reply to this comment

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