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Why did Rod Blagojevich agree to this interview?

I was going to publish a few blog posts today, but time got away from me, so I’ll settle for one which doesn’t require a lot of writing.

Last week, impeached Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, agreed to be interviewed by Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, and after watching the footage, I have to wonder why he agreed to it. Blagojevich is currently accused of trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat, and is facing a number of criminal charges, and it would have been very clear that this is what Hannity wanted to talk to him about…Hannity is also from the other side of the political divide to Blagojevich, so the interview was almost certainly going to be hostile.

With this in mind, you would think that Mr. Blagojevich would expect a difficult interview, and would therefore have some answers ready…but no, rather than answers, we got defences such as “I can’t comment on criminal proceedings” and “the tapes [being used as evidence against me] are being quoted by the media out of context.

There was no insight provided in to the context of the tapes, but there were a number of times when Blagojevich looked uncomfortable being asked certain questions.

I really don’t understand why he agreed to the interview when he could have expressed his position much more clearly in a press release. I’m sorry Rod, but going in to an interview with the sole intention of saying “I can’t answer that” really doesn’t do your public image any favours.

Anyway, here’s the interview, judge for yourself.

Part one

Part two

Part three


February 18th, 2009 at 05:04pm


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