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Last -- we told you about a prominent member of the news media giving President Obama advice and well -- was no ordinary advice.
CBS news political director John Dickerson calling for President Obama to pulverized or just try and go for the throat of the GOP.
But tonight Dickerson is trying to defend his final words washing is our chief political correspondent Byron York joins us.
Aren't busy trying to defend this kind of -- -- is -- trying to dig his heels in deeper fidelity being flip or resist what he thought.
Well he's trying to say that these were not his personal thoughts he said people whose -- the -- -- she said people misunderstood the article they thought that.
That he was trying to give the president some sort of personal advice.
When in fact he was just analyzing the situation of what President Obama should have to do.
I think the problem is is that it if anyone makes a just in good faith to -- of the articles.
In which he says we you know if President Obama wants to be consequential if he wants to be a transformative president.
Then he should destroy the GOP we'll of course President Obama wants to be an important consequential transformative president.
And so the advice this destroy the GOP and and it and it's there on a couple occasions he said his goal should be.
I sometimes use -- sharp caustic terms and then on the fiancee not shoot the messenger early assists on say something I really don't truly mean.
Do you get the sense that he is sort of -- flamboyant in his speech.
According get the sense that this is this is exactly what his mission was this article what he intent -- did he was giving advice to present to do.
I mean I've I know John and I've known for quite awhile and and he's he's not given -- crazy statements and in the end in provocative statements like this a matter of fact.
He's asked some really pointed questions and got.
Answers out of politicians I think he was -- -- -- -- -- of the bush at a press conference whether.
He had there -- any mistakes that he wanted to do.
Do over in his presidency and bush couldn't think of one it was a it was a real interesting moment.
He -- because -- that question he -- -- don't think he's given to -- making no wild statements and I was it was it wasn't selling gas the -- on the -- it was in the 2000 word -- well I will say that there is a -- schools are right now among Democrats that the way to for President Obama to win now is essentially -- to put his boot on the on the net.
Republicans and tried to just didn't you know -- That but yeah it's certainly US not to me but certainly there -- number of opinion journalist to agree with this -- -- -- because this is.
No he's not he's a political director of CBS -- also by the way writes for slate.
In this article was actually end -- which kind of prides itself in being edgy and interest thing -- And saying.
-- little bit provocative kind of stuff so I think there's a little bit of conflict between those two roles.
One writing for.
Pretty opinionated publications late into being the political director for CBS.
Which is supposed to be straight down the middle ten and tonight yet he's CBS hasn't made a statement he has a quote explain it based on his heels a little bit more -- he -- he said that he was not offering advice people have if you thought he was offering advice -- -- -- president should do this.
You were wrong I'm well aware sustain themselves over people read and interpret -- thank you thank you.