The network opened its special with its election theme music, elections set and primary elections team, co-anchors Maddow and Brian Williams. But The Place for Politics took time to address both the journalistic value of Bush's comments–but also the ...
â€œWeâ€™re just about to present our exclusive with Jeb Bush,â€ said Rachel Maddow at the close of her show last night. â€œJeb Bushâ€™s first public comments since Donald Trump became the presumptive presidential nominee.â€
Our exclusive, Maddow said, but not our exclusive interview, and Bushâ€™s first public comments, but not Bushâ€™s first interview. All of those words were chosen quite deliberately to address the person leading the â€œconversationâ€ which filled the 10 p.m. hourâ€“not an NBC journalist, but an analyst with long personal ties to the Bush family.
The interview conversation was recorded earlier in the day in Kennebunkport, Maine, just a few doors away from the Bush family compound. The former candidate â€œsat down withâ€ Nicolle Wallace, the MSNBC political analyst who previously served as Bushâ€™s press secretary when he was governor of Florida, and later served a communications director for President George W. Bush.
The network opened its special with its election theme music, elections set and primary elections team, co-anchors Maddow and Brian Williams. But The Place for Politics took time to address both the journalistic value of Bushâ€™s commentsâ€“but also the non-journalistic nature of the â€œconversationâ€ that was about to air.
Introducing Wallace, Williams described her as â€œa veteran GOP insider whoâ€™s worked on the front lines with both Jeb and George W. Bush.â€ But while MSNBC went to great lengths to avoid using the word â€œinterview,â€ Wallace did not. â€œThis interview came about I guess the way many of your interviews come about, I sent him an email asking him if he had things on his mind that he wanted to talk about a week out from the Republican convention, and he said he did.â€
Wallace, while often using the pronoun â€œweâ€ when talking about the GOP, truly did get Bush to open up: He revealed he wonâ€™t be voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, and may not vote at all. He said he wonâ€™t be asking how his parents will vote, and he said it didnâ€™t help when Pope Francis intervened during the primary about the wall.
At the end of the hour with Maddow, Williams and the Washington Postâ€™s Eugene Robinson on set, Wallace admitted, â€œIâ€™m not anÂ objectiveÂ analyst of him and the family.â€ And while it may not have been an â€œinterview,â€ it still made news.
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