It’s an ego thing. Any punk reporter decorating birdcage liner can draw on it for copy from politicians.
Steve King isn’t stupid but we can all have stupid moments
The politicians submit to an interview from an antagonistic newspaper thinking the brilliance of their insights or their sincerity, or their cleverness or charm, or condescension, or an effort to educate or indulge some solicitous perhaps charming reporter, or the idea that ~~well as long as they spell my name right . . .
One element or another of those temptations explains Steve King’s mistake in talking to the New York Times. What ever made him think his words would not be corrupted? We have run into such eagerness before, seen it in other worthy conservative elected officials with generally good policy positions.
We have little doubt King’s words were corrupted in print, out of context and if not were merely fumbling misstatements as ANYONE can trip over tongue and thought interchange. Just don’t give such opportunities to the NYT without back-up of some sort present – other newspaper reporters, a recorder of your own . . .
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clark (ret) writing at Townhall has an excellent commentary making that point but more focused on the
tendency propensity of Republicans to eat their own. Highly recommended.
We would only add that the propensity is often not innocent or forgivable weakness or greater-good nonsense but political treachery.