No precedent they care to remember

The selective-memory practitioners across the left-wing are up in arms over the Daily Caller’s Neil Munro interrupting President Obama with a question at a no-questions event. They call it “unprecedented”. For example, here’s Julian Epstein (who writes for the extreme left The Nation) on MSNBC:

This is just so unprecedented and outrageous, that you have to ask the question, would the right-wing be doing this if we had a white president there? The fact that the first African-American president . . .

Bonus points for playing the race card! It always comes down to that with this bunch, doesn’t it? Well, we needn’t speculate on whether a white president would ever get interrupted (via Treacher):

And that’s just one incident. Sam Donaldson was notorious for this, but it wasn’t just him. In fact, the practice was so common that the Associated Press ran an article on it:

Grown men and women are shouting at President Reagan at the top of their lungs. They do it for a living.

Demonstrators? No, reporters.

It’s become the standard closing scene at Reagan’s infrequent news conferences.

The good-natured chief executive gets the official closing, “Thank you Mr. President.” from a wire service correspondent, but before he can retreat out the door of the East Room at the White House, the reporters are on their feet, shouting, badgering Reagan for one last word. It even takes place at ceremonies.

The explanation Monro offers (also this) for his interruption is nearly identical to the one offered by the reporters of yesteryear:

The reporters themselves wince at the negative image created by such scenes . . . but they say the blame rests with Reagan and his aides, who have sharply curtailed opportunities for the press corps to engage the president under more civil circumstances.

It’s not at all unprecedented for reporters to interrupt the president. What upsets the left is when it happens to a Democrat.

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