A 'Dumb' Analysis of Gov. Rick Perry?
Was Politico unfair to ask, 'Is Rick Perry dumb'?
- Duration 5:00
- Date Aug 29, 2011
Was Politico unfair to ask, 'Is Rick Perry dumb'?
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First Texas governor my hearing on her back and not Chris policies Norris experience -- what He is promising on the campaign trail.
That would be fair and that is journalism but name calling his name on journalism.
Politicos headline today is is governor Rick Perry dumb.
So what's up with that this is Rick Klein senior Washington editor for ABC world -- I'm putting you out on the end of of stick because we all know the -- -- -- but it's terrible headline.
I know they got the story at least He had no lot of luck I don't think He would -- -- whatever -- brain power as He was elected three times the governor of Texas he's now a first year.
The presidential contender he's smart enough to be.
President United States he's torn up to be elected I think at this point I think we can we can stipulate that so whenever his book smarts are I think that's irrelevant for this discussion he's clearly.
-- the bar of Texas several times that feed the voters in Texas at three times he's smart enough to be governor any set up.
-- record that he's now running on.
But you know -- the power of the media especially round she can really destroyed a candidate unfairly when -- if the media is so.
Don't to use a word from there are -- the media and -- cruel to say.
You know it is Perry dumb and put them all speculation so we're talking about it now let's talk about another handy before and and now that's -- -- stack up -- the -- -- that live skit about it.
And when they -- when they got one who noticed.
-- I never -- I'm.
I never had a conversation with them and -- it's open season on these -- -- not good journalism.
If it puts a finer point on this on the question that would have dogs -- and DOS a lot of candidates regardless.
-- He had a month here of -- pretty good publicity He came in and He seemed to be what Republicans are looking for he's -- that high in the polls is leading a couple of national polls.
This happens almost like clockwork though we're after the first couple of weeks people's -- to dig into the record it wasn't just Politico today the times and the post both had stories -- those.
Athletics but for those stories about whether his policies are dumb or whether -- -- made bad mistakes or bad judgment possessed profoundly different than taken a swipe personally if someone and it wasn't just a headline.
-- -- in the aren't -- -- at first at that was just the headlines somebody else wrote the headline to that try to get the hits on the web.
But I go in and they refers to lightweight in curious.
In -- and and I never spoke with him.
Doubts about Perry's intellect but -- so deep governor good hair I mean it goes on and on and on.
Yeah I think I think that the the broader point here and I think we're what is legitimate all this thing.
The guy does not -- he's not a policy one he's not someone that knows the how He wears under pressure he's going to be at his first debate next week has He holed up there.
I don't -- and that I think is -- at the sticks.
I think when the media gets sort of nasty and mean and when -- take things personal and when they go after someone personally.
I think because very popular and -- her chatters about it then and sort of you giggles about a behind the scenes and I don't think it's -- -- think it's fair to the candidate to -- is a good candidate or not I think look at this is part of the vetting process is part of the what -- intellectually.
Half the faces a presidential candidate these days again this -- kind of point in the right.
Because journalists are fat because of journalists are looking at your policies and see what you've done and in terms of your work experience and -- stated swipes asking if you're stupid we'll.
-- a lot of questions obviously an end in eight character questions are part of it and that's background questions are part of it.
I think -- for him Rick -- one of the challenges He has is to show that He can that He can bring it -- -- the idea of of filling out this -- a little bit.
Of showing up against those candidates look I think if if Rick Perry.
Has -- a stellar debate performance next week.
And shows that He knows policy and has a command of the details and and is able to hold up against Mitt Romney against Michelle -- the other folks on that stage that these questions -- -- -- away I don't think this can stick without evidence that kind of backs that up.
-- -- -- I think I mean it would do would do when you what do you put this are -- -- your name.
I -- headlines and He went went further than I'd be comfortable with personally but if that's if that's what the reporting says -- that's been reporting says that I think -- -- you have a responsibility present that as well.
But the reporting would be -- -- -- would be going back to look at some was policy are -- but about his hair.
Connected take a whole lot of reporting to provide look at He does have been here He does a good had to step but an image some of the stuff that's written about -- start -- Public Dallas says He was known as it -- He was not known -- particularly bright guy that's your sourcing their public -- who's who's going to be a political opponent of his.
And He gets into the gossip is not known -- particularly bright guy was like He was then his policies were can be good very did terrible job and Texas.
I think what one of the it was innings and Rick Perry is that we can be easily the poisoning of the -- -- he's.
He is all the things He actually is what it once thought bush what is He this swashbuckling Texan who doesn't have a command a policy isn't it isn't a that actually is Rick Rick Perry He really is a Texan and He really does.
Not -- not care about policy as much as He does about the game He loves he's a great campaign -- -- one of the reasons even so successful.
I'm not to be a good present lousy president whatever I selected and I'd like to see -- -- -- journalism be a little bit more like.
Journalists is of the -- have a chance that it sent -- -- of president.