Right-Wing Florida News Anchor Asks If Obama Is A Marxist; Defends Questions As ‘Probing’

Yesterday, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) sat for an interview with Barbara West of WFTV Orlando. West loaded her interview questions with right-wing smears, likening progressive tax policies to Marxism. Biden responded to West’s ridiculous line of questioning with disbelief:

WEST: You may recognize this famous quote, “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” That’s from Karl Marx. How is Sen. Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?

BIDEN: Are you joking? Is this a joke? … Or is that a real question? (LAUGHTER).

“I don’t know who’s writing your questions,” Biden told West later in the interview. When West asked if Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) wanted to “turn America into a Socialist country like Sweden,” Biden said, “I don’t know anybody who thinks that except the far right-wing of the Republican Party.” Watch it (beginning at 2:15):

Members of the media criticized West’s unprofessional interview, calling it “embarrassing,” “hostile,” and “ham-handed.”

West, however, defended her interview questions to the Orlando Sentinel saying, “These are questions that are rolling about right now and questions that need to be asked.” “I think I was probing and maybe tough,” she said.

West’s “probing and maybe tough” interviews are apparently reserved only for progressives. When West interviewed Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), she didn’t ask him a single question about his proposed policies. Instead, she asked McCain why he had not “gone after” Obama’s previous ties to ACORN. She asked if McCain felt that Democrats were “trying to make it impossible” for him to criticize Obama and allowed McCain to repeatedly mischaracterize Obama’s relationship with William Ayers.


The Chicago Tribune’s Frank James calls the interview “a joke,” “embarrassing,” and “painful.”

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