Presidents have said some whacky stuff – even on network TV.
But journalism organizations – rather than treating such appearances as “open mike” night – have an obligation to listen, to react, to ask tough questions.
So when former President Bill Clinton was interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America today, shouldn’t we have expected some kind of challenge to his wild statement that – because of what’s now known about breast cancer genetic variations – females “should be tested as soon as possible after they’re born – young girls, for example, for breast cancer” – ???
And then Clinton went on to predict that someday we would go in for our annual checkup and “stand in a cone and our bodies will be scanned and now submicroscopic tumors will be picked up.”
It is the identification of submicroscopic are-they-tumors-or-are-they-something-else abnormalities that already create confusion for patients and their physicians in screening of the prostate, breast, cervix and more.
I guess it was expecting too much to have Good Morning America reflect on any of this.