Joe Biden, appearing on WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando was asked by Barbara West if Barack Obama was a socialist. Story here.
West wondered about Sen. Barack Obama's comment, to Joe the Plumber, about spreading the wealth. She quoted Karl Marx and asked how Obama isn't being a Marxist with the "spreading the wealth" comment.
"Are you joking?" said Biden, who is Obama's running mate. "No," West said.
West later asked Biden about his comments that Obama could be tested early on as president. She wondered if the Delaware senator was saying America's days as the world's leading power were over.
"I don't know who's writing your questions," Biden shot back.
The station's news director said that campaigns pick and choose stations that they know will be friendly and the stations, in return for getting the interview, throw softball questions at the candidates.
The director said they were taking the stance that they would not give softball questions.
Because of the exchange, the Obama campaign cancelled a subsequent interview with Jill Biden, the wife of Joe Biden.
This whole thing is incredible.
It's amazing at the depth of arrogance at this campaign that no media outlet is allowed to run negative remarks about them. I think it would be fair to say this campaign has enjoyed more friendliness from the media than any presidential campaign ever. When they lose that, they fall apart.
Responses range from whining like Obama has done with Fox news, to punishing by withholding access like they are with this station, to out and out fascism as they have exhibited in the harassment of radio stations.
Biden's remarks make it absolutely clear that they do not think they should be questioned.
If this doesn't scare the public yet, it will later when it's too late.
Finally, no mention as to what Biden's answer was.