Daily Caller contributor Matt Lewis on Sunday said that his colleague, reporter Neil Munro, “did the right thing” by shouting at President Barack Obama during an official statement about immigration policy.
For his part, Munro claimed he had thought the president had finished speaking when he began yelling questions in the White House Rose Garden on Friday.
“But he kept on talking while the president was trying to speak,” CNN’s Howard Kurtz told Lewis on Sunday.
“A little bit about Neil Munro: He’s actually an Irish immigrant himself, he was with the National Journal for a decade,” Lewis explained. “He’s a seasoned reporter, and I think if you put it in context, President Obama — first of all, the policy bypasses Congress…”
“No, no, no,” Kurtz interrupted. “Would you have done what he did? Was he wrong?”
“There was going to be no question and answer [after the president’s remarks],” Lewis shot back. “This was the only chance he had to ask a question. The press corps should be a little bit less deferential to authority and a little more aggressive.”
“He had no business interrupting the president,” Kurtz explained. “This is not a question of being deferential. … Come on.”
“Where in the Constitution does it say that you can’t ask questions?” Lewis asked, raising his voice. “This is protocol and it’s etiquette, but it’s not constitutional. He did the right thing.”
“I understand you have to defend your guy, but that’s a pretty ludicrous answer,” Kurtz concluded.
Watch this video from CNN’s Reliable Source, broadcast June 17, 2012.