Is this kind of 'journalism' acceptable?

In case you haven't seen it already, here's the video of MSNBC reporter Mike Viqueira following former FBI Director and Special Counsel Robert Mueller out of Easter service yesterday:


More cringe-inducing than the stakeout-ambush video was the bantering between Joy Reid and Viqueira that offered no actual information - only insipid speculation and exaggerated flattery.

But the interaction raises some good questions that should regularly get debated in newsrooms and journalism schools. When is it acceptable to do this kind of thing?


The primary reason I loathe this kind of ambush interview style is that it doesn't do anything but make the reporter look like a cad. It's even more embarrassing that MSNBC aired the video at all.

Did they think this would make Viqueira look good? How could they?

No, they just wanted some video -- ANY video -- to fill the air time.

It's simply easier to play the clip and pontificate about what Mueller might talk about in the future.

Pete's Prep: Monday, April 22, 2019

  • Comedian Dennis Miller talks with Ben Shapiro about how comedy went from being about laughs to being about claps. Video is here.
  • Journalist Andy West: "Don't send your prayers" to Sri Lankan Christians murdered in Easter bombings.
  • Legendary singer Kate Smith is tossed down the memory hole.
  • From CBS: Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings he can “forsee” impeachment proceedings “possibly coming” against President Trump.
  • John Sexton at Well, it took them a while to get there but the NY Times has finally taken notice that the Steele dossier appears to contain a lot of false and unverifiable garbage.
  • From Paul Mirengoff at Powerline: "Blaming schools for the “achievement gap” between students of different races and ethnic groups is foolish and counterproductive."

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