Matthews: “Our Breed Looked Pretty Good Tonight”

One post-press conference observation from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews:

Well, I think our breed looked pretty good tonight. I think the press looked very good tonight. They asked great questions. I would be very impressed with the press tonight. Mara Liasson’s, Jake Tapper’s questions, Chuck’s [Todd] questions were sound. I thought they asked interesting questions. They covered a range of American topics from the stimulus package to the situation in Afghanistan and the Pakistan border even to the question of A-Rod. They were asking questions most people want answers to.

Read all 13 questions (including one from the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein and that A-Rod question from The Washington Post’s Michael Fletcher) and, the answers offered here.

I’d point to this second bit of Ed Henry’s [CNN] question:

HENRY: There’s a Pentagon policy that bans media coverage of the flag-draped coffins from coming into Dover Air Force Base. And back in 2004, then-Senator Joe Biden said that it was shameful for dead soldiers to be, quote, snuck back into the country under the cover of night.

You’ve promised unprecedented transparency, openness in your government. Will you overturn that policy, so the American people can see the full human cost of war?

OBAMA:…Now with respect to the policy of opening up media to loved ones being brought back home, we are in the process of reviewing those policies in conversations with the Department of Defense. So I don’t want to give you an answer now, before I’ve evaluated that review and understand all the implications involved.

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.