10:41 am Jun. 19, 2012
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Neil Munro, the reporter who famously interrupted President Obama during last Friday's big immigration policy announcement in the White House Rose Garden, was too busy to speak about his aggressive but widely frowned-upon reporting tactic with Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple yesterday.
But Munro, a reporter for Tucker Carlson's conservative news website The Daily Caller, did find time to go on Fox News last night to clear the air in a chat with primetime host Sean Hannity, who was among those both on the left and the right who were critical of Munro for the disruption. (For the record, we reached out to Munro for comment Friday afternoon but did not hear back.)
During the Fox News interview, Munro elaborated on the brief statement he posted on The Daily Caller shortly after the Rose Garden incident, in which he claimed to have "timed the question believing the president was closing his remarks."
"The only way to ask him a question at these events is to get him at the end as he's leaving, just before he dashes back to the Oval Office," said Munro, a veteran of the Washington press corps. "And I, mmm, yes, I mistimed it. I thought I was getting him at the end. Frankly, I was wrong about that."
Munro also told Hannity he'd reached out to the White House press office to "see if they wanted to talk to me," but that he hasn't heard back.
You can watch the video below.
In other news...
Glenn Beck's GBTV has merged with his website, The Blaze. [CNN.com]
Shiba Russell has replaced Sue Simmons at WNBC. [Daily News]
CNN is changing up its afternoon strategy. [TV Newser]
Tracking changes to New York Times copy. [NYO/Beta Beat]
BuzzFeed has named a D.C. bureau chief. [Dylan Byers/Politico]
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