Monday, March 20, 2017

Matt Taibbi Notes on the Hearing

Matt Taibbi published a few notes on the hearing in Rolling Stone, including this:
[B]oth Comey and Rogers are  [...]  allowing members of both parties to make speeches and ask their suggestive questions, while giving them next to nothing.


Except for very rare occasions when mega-careful witnesses like Comey and Rogers decide to give up tidbits, for the most part these hearings are held so that House members can ping-pong talking points off witnesses, and then circulate clips of themselves asking questions to which they already know the answers.

  Rolling Stone
And that's pretty much what they did rather than ask actual questions, and most of those were answered with "I can't answer that."  Even if you didn't know the person asking the questions, you could almost always tell what party that person belongs to just by what he or she felt the need to point out.

And this:
Comey is a very, very slick witness, difficult to read.
That he is. That he is.  It's actually quite entertaining to watch the man being questioned.

You might want to read the whole article of notes.  Taibbi has a good eye and ear for this kind of thing.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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