“Cable news and Sunday show bookers worry, mostly correctly, that elected officials will stop appearing on their shows if the politicians are treated shabbily on those shows. It becomes self-reinforcing. Our politicians are, therefore, unused to being treated shabbily, and expect deferential and polite treatment. As a result, there’s no ongoing tradition of aggressive, adversarial questioning of major public figures in this country; we mostly substitute by performatively shouting at White House press secretaries, who are powerless, and exist only to absorb that shouting.”

Of Course Smart Teens Are Better at Grilling Politicians Than Reporters (via theliberaltony)