Yeah, that is good. I watched all nine men being pulled out last night on CNN and Fox (had to switch to CNN because Geraldo's grandstanding dramatics - saying this helps erase 9/11, suggesting we sing the national anthem, etc. - just got a bit much after a while).
I thought those nine men were goners. I would've bet any amount of money on Thursday or Friday that it was all over for them.
Glad to see I was so incredibly wrong.
BTW, I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY hate reporters and how they ask - REGARDLESS of how many times the person at the mic says all they know - the same questions OVER and OVER and OVER...especially when the guy they're directing them to SAYS (repeatedly) he doesn't have an answer for that.
Not just this story, but any (the Samantha Runnion story, Enron, Iverson, wildfires, etc.). It's like this:
Reporter 1: So Governor, what did the miner say when contact was first made?
Governor: We don't know. We're still gathering that and we'll let you know as soon as it's all put together. Yes?
Reporter 2: What exactly did the miners say, Governor?
Governor: As I said, we don't have that information yet. If you ca...
Reporter 1: Was there a sense of urgency or were they calm and collected?
Governor: You have to be ****ing kidding me...
Reporter 3: Can you spell their last names again, in alphabetical order, starting from the fourth one pulled out? Also, a follow-up question: what exactly did the miners say once communication was established? Will we be hearing about that?
Governor: [leaps over podium and kicks the hell out of the first row of reporters]
I guess that's "journalism"? And the "way it's done"? It's annoying and maddening...and causes every news conference in the known universe to go on three times longer than expected.
Reporters: when someone says they don't have that information (it's brand new, so there's no way they could), try this: take them at their word, and ask another ****ing question and re-ask the other one LATER.
Sometimes, of course, reporters DO need to be aggressive and probing. A press conference with a bullshit PR type for Allen Iverson or an Enron exec might warrant this repetitive, attack-dog approach.
But the situation last night, regarding the miners and all, it's just completely unnecessary and out of place. The poor bastard had to keep coming to the podium and was barraged with the same idiotic questions from every damn reporter...CONSTANTLY.
I'm LUSTING for the day when someone at a press conference actually loses his cool and calls them on it ("If one of you numbnuts asks that same question ONE MORE ****ING TIME...knock it off!!! What...are you DEAF? What part of 'I don't have that information about what the miners said available to me' do you pinheads NOT understand?!?"