Friends…if you didn’t get the chance to watch a real reporter hard at work, doing what all reporters should do when it comes to asking important, pertinent questions for whatever arena they are in, now is your chance! This is one you have to watch…I’ll still post the transcript for others who may not be able to watch the video…but words don’t do justice to the video back and forth.
Don’t know about any of you…but this gal has never heard of Matthew Lee, what I do know is we sure as heck need more intrepid reporters like him…he’s a rare find, which shouldn’t be the case in the big picture of so-called journalistic/reporters. You have to wonder if the AP will fire him after what took place…time will tell.
Here’s the video…see what you think.
Here’s the transcript…this is via FN:
A spirited exchange between an Associated Press reporter and spokesperson Victoria Nuland marked the U.S. State Department’s daily briefing Monday on the continued violence between Israel and Hamas. (Nov. 19)
MATTHEW LEE, AP REPORTER: You say that it would not be helpful for you to discuss any of your conversations that quiet diplomacy is the way to de-escalate that. Well, you have been doing your “quiet diplomacy” for almost a week. How’s it going so far?
VICTORIA NULAND, STATE DEPARTMENT: We are working hard with the parties that are working hard with…
LEE: Has it occurred to anybody that maybe being less quiet might get more results? Hrm? The squeaky wheel gets grease, that kind of thing?
NULAND: I’ll let the…
LEE: You’re being silent while people are dying left and right.
NULAND: Matt, we are being far from silent. The President has…
LEE: You’re not telling us anything about… when the Turks come out, when the leaders of Turkey come out and say that Israel is engaged in acts of terrorism and you refuse to say that you don’t agree with that or maybe you do agree with that, that’s being silent.
NULAND: Matt, we have made a decision that we need to engage in our diplomatic work diplomatically; we have been very clear on where we stand on this. Which is that we don’t practice diplomacy from the podium.
We have been very clear that Israel has the right of self-defense. Very clear that rockets continue to be fired and land on Israel. We’ve been very clear that we are working to get this conflict de-escalated. We have been very clear about our concern for the civilians and innocents on both sides who are getting caught in this.
LEE: And yet you won’t stick up for your ally Israel when the Turks, another one of your allies, say that they are engaged in terrorism in Gaza.
NULAND: We have been extremely clear about our concern for Israel security and the fact that Israel has the right to self-defense but I am not going to go further than that.
LEE: Why can’t you say that you don’t agree with the Turks?
NULAND: Because I am not going to get into a public spitting match with allies on either side. We’re just not going to do that, okay?
LEE: But you think that’s worse, a public spitting match between one of your allies is worse than hundreds of people dying every day.
NULAND: I don’t understand the question here. There is not a question here, you’re just looking for a fight, let’s go, say it, say it.
LEE: No no no, the fight is already, whats going on over there. And you guys by refusing saying anything about what you’re going trying to do by refusing to say whether you agree or disagree with comments that are being made by your allies or others, that makes things worse, not better.
NULAND: We of course agree that rhetorical attacks against Israel are not helpful at this moment. Is that what you are looking for Matt?
NULAND: Thank you
By the way, Shrillary to the rescue!…there is a supposed ‘Cease Fire‘ truce that’s supposed to be coming sometime today…how long do you think that will last? You can read more about that in this link:
Throw in your two-cents, do you think we’ll ever see the day we have more reporters such as Lee…or is that just a pipe-dream? – I don’t know about you, but I’m not holding my breath.
Nevertheless, what did you think of the back and forth regarding this very important subject that’s going on in this world as we speak?
Fire Away – Inquiring Minds Want to Know!