Peter Funt in The Wall Street Journal on TV interviews "There are more live interviews on television than ever before, but the content is remarkably weak, due primarily to the personal agendas and sloppy efforts of interviewers," writes Funt. "This is regrettable, because interviews remain a distinctive feature of electronic journalism and, when done well, provide content that significantly supplements our understanding of issues and individuals." Funt cites recent examples where Lawrence O'Donnell, Sean Hannity, and Chris Matthews spoke nearly as much as their interviewees, often to give their own opinions. Back when interviewers pre-recorded their sessions, they could edit questions and answers, but the new trend toward live interviews reveals their flaws. "The best interviewers do their homework, put their own opinions aside, keep questions brief, and listen closely for possible follow-ups."
Bill Schneider in Politico on Santorum's continuing campaign As the Republican establishment increasingly acts like Mitt Romney has already won the nomination, Rick Santorum continues campaigning, saying he has never been the establishment choice. What keeps him going? "Santorum is a movement candidate ... Santorum claims to be carrying the flag for the conservative movement," writes Schneider. In recent primary contests, though, conservative voters have shown themselves increasingly willing to vote for Romney. Santorum argues Romney represents Ford, and he represents Reagan, more electable chiefly because he's more conservative. "But there is one thing he and other conservatives need to keep in mind: Reagan was not an easy candidate to elect in 1980."