Sam Donaldson: Don't Compare Me to Heckling Reporter

'Never once did I interrupt a president,' says political reporter
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2012 7:43 AM CDT
Broadcast journalist Sam Donaldson receives an award at The AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Awards on January 28, 2008 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Daily Caller says reporter reporter Neil Munro's interruption of President Obama is no different than Sam Donaldson's interactions with Ronald Reagan, but Donaldson himself is having none of it. In an email to the Huffington Post, Donaldson says he never heckled, rather he called out questions in open situations. "Never once did I interrupt a president in any way while he was making a formal statement, a speech, honoring awardees or in any other way holding the floor," wrote Donaldson. "I really resent his trying to tie his reporter’s actions to mine."

But more than just rudeness, Munro scored some major irony points for his question, "Why do you favor foreigners over American workers?" It turns out that Munro is a foreigner, too—Ireland-born but now working in the United States on a green card. Which leads New York to speculate that "if you asked Munro how he got his current job, he wouldn't say that the Daily Caller had favored a foreign reporter (him) over an equivalent American one; he'd point instead to the "few good articles" he wrote while at National Journal in the aughts."

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