Last night the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reported that the Obama campaign has called WFTV news anchor Barbara West‘s 10.23 interview with Sen. Joe Bidenunprofessional and combative.” Look at West’s conservative blonde coif, her surgically sculpted, sanded-down features and particularly her cold timberwolf eyes as she asks her pathetic Steve Schmidt-playbook questions.

In a chat last night with Boedker, West said “I have a great deal of respect for [Biden]. I have a great deal of respect for Sen. Obama. We are given four minutes of a satellite window for these interviews. Four precious minutes. I got right down to it and, yes, I think I asked him some pointed questions. These are questions that are rolling about right now and questions that need to be asked. I don’t think I was rude or inconsiderate to him. I think I was probing and maybe tough.
“I can’t believe that in all of his years in politics, and all of his campaigning and such, that he hasn’t run into some tough questions before. He’s certainly up to it in giving good answers.”
Obama-Biden campagin’s Florida spokesperson Adrianne Marsh said that West’s questions made clear she was “woefully uninformed about simple facts.”
Biden did himself proud, yes, but West is fooling no one. This pinched harridan was mouthing Republican attack points, plain and simple, and revealing no interest whatsoever in impartial journalistic inquiry. She may sit behind a TV news desk wearing a nice suit, but she is at one with the zanies from Henderson, Nevada and with the likes of evangelical right-wing Minnesota congressperson Michele Bachmann.