Politico reporter Glenn Thrush hangs up on Armstrong and Getty
Politico.com White House reporter Glenn Thrush hung up on the Armstrong and Getty radio show Monday moments before Thrush’s scheduled interview after he heard one of the hosts call Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) a “scum-bag.”
Before introducing Thrush, the show played a clip of CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer saying that there “was some truth” to the criticism that Tea Party-supported congressional freshmen are given too much influence by established politicians. Getty said he was disappointed in Schieffer and said he was not surprised that McConnell did not stick up for the Tea Party, calling the senator a “scum-bag.” Getty later noted that Congress has only a six-percent approval rating and that that established politicians, not the Tea Party, have made a mess out of the country’s finances. (See video of the program on the left, fast forward to 11:30 to hear the Schieffer McConnell exchange.)
After hearing McConnell being called a scum-bag, Thrush hung up. That was just a few seconds before Amstrong and Getty were going to introduce him.
When asked by the joltleft.com his response to the hosts criticizing Politico for regularly talking to people on the left despite that side’s equally crude language describing members of the right and the Tea Party, Thrush responded:
” Whatever. If I hear anyone – left or right — using that kind of dopey junior high language I’m outta there. I’m a reporter, not a circus performer. Let them call me anything they want, its a free country.”
The Armstrong and Getty radio show, hosted by Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty, is broadcast in Northern California over KNEW in San Francisco, KSTE in Sacramento and KFTY-TV in Santa Rosa. The right-wing Web site, IhatetheMedia.com, last week listed Armstrong and Getty as second in its list of America’s top-ten local radio talk shows.
Getty at first blasted Thrush for hanging up, calling him a “government sycophant” but the hosts later debated whether they should take a more conciliatory tone. They noted that although they haven’t talked to Thrush before, they have often had good guests on the show from Politico. Armstrong said that Thrush probably thought the Armstrong and Getty show was of a similar tone as “crazy shows” like Howard Stern or Opie and Anthony.
Getty opted for a more conciliatory tone and before signing off at 10 a.m., the show Tweeted the reply to Thrush, “Sorry for the misunderstanding, would love to talk again.”
Writer’s update: Armstrong and Getty discussed this article and the incident during the second hour of the A&G Show on Tuesday, August 2. Click here to listen online. My apologies for inadvertantely attributing the quote about the A&G show not being a “crazy show.” Jack Armstrong, not Joe Getty, said that. It has been corrected in this updated article.