On October 2, 2013, the unthinkable happened. We may never see this again in our lifetime. A reporter actually asked Harry Reid a tough question. While interviewing the Nevada senator, CNN's Dana Bash queried "you all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials. The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds at least the NIH. Given what you’ve said, will you at least pass that? And if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that Republicans are?" Then, she followed with a question that revealed a side of Harry Reid we all knew was there, but rarely get to see: "But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?"
Now, these types of questions are nothing for Republicans who are used to going on shows like Meet the Press and getting questions such as "Senator, are the rumors true about you wanting to starve children and kill the elderly?" Nonetheless, Bash's attempt to get to the truth is unprecedented in the liberal media. What is more striking is Reid's response. Unable to deal with a question that was not set up to reflect the senator in a favorable manner, Reid went on the attack and lashed out at Bash by saying "to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless."
Certainly, Dana Bash risked her career and her reputation by breaking ranks and asking a question that forced Senator Reid to defend his position, but keep in mind that it wasn't intentional. Even though her question appears on the surface to be aimed at holding Reid accountable, the question itself accuses Republicans of playing political games with the lives of children. Nonetheless, this is a perfect example of what happens when Democrats are caught off guard and asked a reasonably tough question. They are so accustomed fielding softballs from the leftist media, that a real question not only surprises them, but is met with an aggressive personal attack to remind the reporter that she has violated her oath to the Democratic National Committee. And why do Democrats always resort to personal attacks? Because they simply cannot defend their positions. The only thing keeping their ideas afloat is a media that props up their dangerous and flawed ideology.
Reid's anger is understandable. When those in power are rarely held accountable, when they simply assume that the responsibility of reporters is nothing more than to be mouthpieces for the broader collective agenda of the Left, politicians like Harry Reid are unable to keep their wits about them. Bash's question was so out of line from what Reid expected that he could not think of anything other than attacking her character and professionalism. Were more reporters and journalists to embrace their allegiance to the truth rather than parroting whatever comes out of the White House or the Democratic National Committee, this country would be far better off than it its today. Unfortunately, Bash's question is an anomaly and we would be naive as to think that the leftist media has suddenly decided to abandon ideology in favor of truth. It does give the rest of America a small taste of the real hatred that lurks behind the soft-spoken senator's voice.