I’d argue the same. The most interesting part of the video to watch, for my money, wasn’t Johnson, but candidate Romney—and, specifically, Romney’s reaction to the questions Johnson was asking. The candidate seemed surprised that Johnson was questioning his assertions. And angry about the follow-ups.

Let me repeat: a journalist questioning him made Romney surprised and angry. Which is telling—and I don’t mean about the candidate.

Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.