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Barney Frank Rips 'Today' Show Host for Silly Questions: VIDEO


After pissing him off for calling him "characteristically Frank" in his retirement announcement, Today show host Savannah Guthrie began a series of questions for Congressman Barney Frank which ultimately had him offering a sarcastic congratulations.

Said Frank: "You're 4-for-4 in managing to find the negative approach!"


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  1. Too bad the clip above stops where it does. The very next thing said was Matt Lauer asking Guthrie, "Other than that, how's your morning going?" or something to that effect.

    Posted by: oneway | Nov 29, 2011 3:44:27 PM

  2. I wish you wouldn't post links to ads.

    Posted by: David | Nov 29, 2011 3:52:15 PM

  3. when she was over at MSNBC with Chuck Todd, every once in a while you could catch him giving her a look like "what the hell are you doing?"

    she walked into this one by proving exactly what Frank was describing AND she didn't even know it!

    @oneway - seems like Lauer caught that, if he responded like that; good one!

    Posted by: mike/ | Nov 29, 2011 3:59:26 PM

  4. It's screamingly obvious she didn't listen to a word he said.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 29, 2011 4:04:57 PM

  5. What were this show's producers thinking by sending a spokesmodel like her up against Barney Frank? That was like the Cardinals playing nine innings against a team from Switzerland.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Nov 29, 2011 4:20:47 PM

  6. This is an example of how far the tv news business has fallen. No more are there learned interviewers, just dumb or unprepared people reading their questions from a script. AND, we will miss Barney Frank!!!

    Posted by: billT | Nov 29, 2011 4:25:06 PM

  7. @ mikemiick and BillT. Have you watched Savannah Guthrie? Maybe you didn't like that interview or television journalism in general, but she isn't dumb. Just because someone is also attractive doesn't make them dumb. She's a lawyer who went to some of the best schools in the country who covered congress for NBC for a number of years. Take issue with the interview if you want, but jumping to accusations of ignorance or calling her a "spokesmodel" is unfair.

    Posted by: PRCM | Nov 29, 2011 5:34:32 PM

  8. I don't see too much negativity..she may not be too sharp..I thought she wanted other democrats to win..but she did ok..

    Posted by: miles | Nov 29, 2011 5:44:34 PM

  9. @PRCM - I don't really read MikeMick's comment as being a total diss of Guthrrie as being only a spokes model. I read it more about her toughness - she isn't and it takes a very articulate person to stand up to 'ol Barney.

    Posted by: Josh | Nov 29, 2011 5:46:02 PM

  10. He was awesome here, especially at the end -- really spelling out the role of a citizen in this democratic republic.

    Posted by: Ryan | Nov 29, 2011 6:00:27 PM

  11. I got a kick out of Barney in this interview, but it's wrong and sexist to dismiss Guthrie as a "spokesmodel."

    Sure, in this clip she's practicing horse-race journalism, but that just puts her momentarily in the same league as the contemptible David Gregory of "Meet the Press" fame.

    She's on the fast track at NBC, and I rather enjoy watching her.

    Posted by: oneway | Nov 29, 2011 8:17:24 PM

  12. Savanah Guthrie is a tv personality with gossamer hair and bleached teeth. She IS a spokes model, the same as any male or female anchor. These are not individuals that spend time doing anything but mugging for the camera and exploiting the "news", by spreading fear. Pass me the Epsom salts.

    Posted by: Chicklets | Nov 29, 2011 8:39:04 PM

  13. Poor shampoo fearing Savannah..what a nit-wit

    Posted by: stashman | Nov 29, 2011 8:47:14 PM

  14. Bucked teeth, your crass generalizations about news people make you read like an a$$.

    Posted by: CarlottaVonFunkenhowzer | Nov 29, 2011 9:10:08 PM

  15. While I understand Barney's frustration with these questions, Savannah Guthrie is a lot better than most television journalists these days. Yes, her questions were entirely focused on the horse race, which is the only thing modern TV journalism ever focuses on. But at least her horse-race questions were a bit sharper and more probing than we typically hear from TV journalists. Barney should've saved his rant for Meet the Press or a Faux News bimbo.

    Posted by: Madame Speaker | Nov 29, 2011 9:12:28 PM

  16. I can't understand a word this guy says. It's like he has a bag of marbles in his mouth. "I tawt I taw a putty tat."

    Posted by: Your Mom | Nov 29, 2011 9:13:52 PM

  17. Why do I have the feeling that somebody like Barney Frank who is earnestly affected by world events and seriously endeavoring to change them for the better of humanity is looked on with disdain by corporate media errand boys and girls as somebody who just doesn't get it. The condescension emanating from employees of Rupert Murdoch, Sumner Redstone, GE, etc. appears calculated to make the young and the ignorant sneer at democracy, and by tranference, feel as superior as the murderous tycoon sociopaths who rule them with a velvet-covered iron fist.

    Posted by: J.D. | Nov 29, 2011 9:31:24 PM

  18. I'm gonna miss Barney Frank. He's sharp, undeniably brilliant, and tells it like it is... Now there's no one with balls to push back. Pelosi, never quite carries it off.

    Dan Savage for Congress, eh?

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Nov 29, 2011 10:47:37 PM

  19. Barney Frank, National Treasure.

    Posted by: Steve Scarborough | Nov 29, 2011 11:12:35 PM

  20. As a resident of his district in Massachusetts I must say he has done a great job in Congress. We will miss him.

    Posted by: brent | Nov 30, 2011 12:00:29 AM

  21. You got me... your catchy, yet misleading headline made me click. This was, however, not a noteworthy interview of Congressman Frank. Isn't there something more interesting going on?

    Posted by: TheLMurrieta | Nov 30, 2011 2:48:58 AM

  22. I didn't think it's THAT bad... they aren't the best questions to ask someone who just said he is resigning... (in fact, in and of themselves - the questions were loaded in a bad way...)

    But the vibe I got from Frank was a bit sarcastic... in the line of "oh gees, what's with these questions" but he seems to have just moved on and I doubt there's hard feelings. It's hardly a 'ripping'.

    Posted by: Dan | Nov 30, 2011 3:57:39 AM




    Posted by: GRivera | Nov 30, 2011 7:30:36 AM

  24. he sure is SHARP for his age..or any age!

    Posted by: grego | Nov 30, 2011 7:54:45 AM

  25. @BILLT:
    The Today show used to have a live Chimp as a host in the 1950's. You can't really expect much in the way of hard news from morning television.

    Posted by: chasmader | Nov 30, 2011 9:27:12 AM

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