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‘Nonsense! You should know better’: Barack Obama scolds CBS reporter at news conference

Barack Obama rebuked a reporter from a major news outlet who asked a question about American citizens languishing in Iranian jails

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: July 16, 2015 1:03 pm
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US President Barack Obama on Thursday rebuked a reporter from a major news outlet who asked a question about American citizens languishing in Iranian jails at a time when he led a successful negotiations with Iran on the nuclear deal.

“The notion that I am content as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails, Major, that’s nonsense, and you should know better,” Obama told Major Garrett, White House reporter for CBS News who asked the question.

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“As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran, three held on trumped-up charges that, according to your administration, one whereabouts unknown,” said Garrett, a long time White House reporter.

“Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscience of this nation, the strength of this nation, unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?” he asked.

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“Last week, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said under no circumstances should there be any relief for Iran in terms of ballistic missiles or conventional weapons. It is perceived that was a last-minute capitulation in these negotiations. Many in the Pentagon feel you’ve left the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff high out to dry. Could you comment?,” Garrett asked.

“I’ve got to give you credit, Major, for how you craft those questions,” Obama responded.

“I’ve met with the families of some of those folks. Nobody’s content. And our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try to get them out,” he said.

“Now, if the question is why we did not tie the negotiations to their release, think about the logic that that creates. Suddenly, Iran realizes you know what? Maybe we can get additional concessions out of the Americans by holding these individuals. Makes it much more difficult for us to walk away if Iran somehow thinks that a nuclear deal is dependent in some fashion on the nuclear,” explained the President.

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    steve specterman
    Jul 16, 2015 at 1:43 pm
    This is no deal- Its Iran 1 The Western world 0. Once more the West fails to understand the mindset of its enemy-
    1. S
      Jul 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm
      All these celebrity media journalist.. They ask there own question and reply their own answer.. All who are interviewed are just dummies.
      1. K
        Jul 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm
        Thank you. It is sad that our media persons want the answer from the interviewee what the journalists want to hear and not what the people want to hear or what the interviewee want to say though they make adjustments to a select few such as Sonia G, Priyanka V etc. when they seem to be over awed by the aura of these people. Our media has to travel a long way to reach the American standards though I would admit that we had real l journalists in the 80s and 90s when I used to enjoy them. It seems every profession is now up for .
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          ASHOK KUMAR
          Jul 16, 2015 at 2:12 pm
          This is called democracy, where President calls periodic press conferences and have straight forward discussions on important issues facing the country. Here in India, Modi has not called even a single press conference during the last 14 months, since he took over as PM and even has stopped taking journalists or meeting press during or after his foreign tours.
          1. Nordic Nordic
            Jul 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm
            Well said Kris. No wonder our media personnel are called Pressutes - who are always at the beck & call of Soniagress & Khangress.....American Media is like pristine white Lillies compared to our media who are just glorified & highly paid Raands
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