Many professional journalists are dismissive of those who blog and who do YouTube videos. In fact, former CBS News and later CNN executive Jonathan Klein famously dismissed bloggers as “guys sitting in their living rooms in their pajamas writing” in 2004.
Fast forward 10 years later, the President of the United States sat down for interviews with three YouTube vloggers. One of the vloggers he sat down with was a teenage girl from California by the name of Bethany Mota, who normally vlogs about fashion and crafts.
For anyone who thought that Mota, along with her fellow YouTubers were going to take it easy on president obama wound up being sadly mistaken. Mota asked president obama a question about the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, which was something the “professional journalists” in the White House Press Corps have never done.
Finally, in Obama’s third interview, Bethany Mota posed one of the only questions the president has ever received about Boko Haram. Asked what more the U.S. could be doing to help prevent more death and destruction in Nigeria at the terrorist group’s hands, Obama said we have tried to help the government there but that it “has not been as effective as it needs to be” when it comes to finding the missing schoolgirls and protecting its citizens.
Not that one could glean this from the president’s comments, but Boko Haram is an Islamic extremist terror group that slaughtered an entire village earlier this month. They’re affiliated with ISIS and have declared their own caliphate in Nigeria. Their name translates to, “People Committed to the Prophet’s Teachings for Propagation and Jihad.”
Perhaps instead of snickering, the “professionals” in the White House Press Corps should learn to start asking tougher questions of politicians who happen to be Democrat. Otherwise, we will continue to have the “professionals” outshined by teenage lifestyle vloggers and people who wear green lipstick and eat cereal out of a bathtub.
—Courtesy of IJ Review