I could set this up by explaining how for 20 years the bane of my existence has been dealing with journalists most of whom are 30 IQ points less intelligent than they believe themselves to be, and a few so thick I am surprised they are allowed out of their bedrooms unattended. I have decided, however, to let one of them speak for herself.
Behold Michelle Smith, noted reporter for the Associated Press, and one who has in a most dutiful manner amplified the “Big Lie” allegation (that claims of election fraud are baseless). I encountered her last summer in the ReAwaken America event in Rochester, New York, and she approached me with questions. I had just left a stage where I had (nearly extemporaneously) shifted the subject of my talk to Frederick Douglass, who in 185, right there in Rochester, had given the best July 4 speech in American history. I still had in my hands two items I had carried on stage but not used (because of the late shift in subject of my talk), the then-recent admission by DHS that the Dominion’s election systems were incredibly porous and the Mesa County #3 forensic report showing that one county had in fact had its results hacked (cf. “DHS Issues Report: Patrick Was Right Again. Again.“) So with Michelle’s knowledge I caused our interaction to be filmed as I entertained her questions, then politely asked about the “baseless” claims of her articles asking her to square them with the recent DHS admissions.
I had previously compared her publicly to a college sophomore, capable of boldly declaiming a position but incapable of defending, supporting, or even explaining it: after the interaction, I wondered if that comparison might be unfair to college sophomores. Rather than inviting the reader to prejudge her any further, I would like to experiment with crowd-sourcing. I want you to watch this 5:36 interaction, and then in the comments below, you tell me what it is you think of Ms. Smith’s intellect, manner, and reasoning skills. So I know whether it is just me and I am being a snob, or I am correct to feel as I do about the intellect of MSM journalists (for believe me, Michelle is no less intelligent than the median).
For extra credit, and if your only alternative use of the next 33 minutes would be something like spraying your face with lighter fluid, setting it afire, and trying to put it out with a fork, you might prefer to listen to this additional recording of a telephone conversation between Michelle and me (recorded a few days after Rochester with her permission), to enrichen your experience of what it is like talking to an MSM journalist.