Last Monday Night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador got into a heated discussion while they were in the process of an interview regarding the government shutdown. Cooper needed to do a little schooling to the Idaho representative about journalism and that he wouldn’t always get softball questions from the media. Labrador, a media darling having become the poster boy for the conservative GOP lately, seemed to get defensive about the tone of Cooper’s questions.
“All of a sudden, just because you don’t like the fact that the Republicans are in control of the House of Representatives, you want to make sure that the Republicans actually pass the Democrat’s-” Labrador said. Cooper cut him off.
“I don’t have a stake in this!” he said. “This is the way it works in journalism. When you’re not on Fox News, you get contentious interviews. When you’re not on MSNBC and a liberal, you get contentious interviews. My job is to ask you questions that are different than you think, just as my next guest, who’s a Democrat, I’m gonna ask the same kinds of questions that pushes back on their positions. That’s what a journalist does!”