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"I'd rather not."

"I'd rather not." - Fox News journalist.

http://youtu.be/5EK-5OPBuGg




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Why is a person who works for

Why is a person who works for a news agency saying he's not going to answer opinion questions for another reporter interesting? Reporters are supposed to guard against tainting their reporting with personal opinions in an effort to safeguard their listeners/readers. This is good, decent; it adheres to the journalistic code of ethics.

Reporters are supposed to shy away from becoming the story themselves -- unless they're purposefully engaged in an immersion-based story. Why is one reporter's -- or guy who works for a news agency (because neither this post nor the YouTube description gives this guy's name or job) -- decision to follow a code of ethics some kind of gotcha?

That's just weird. We'd do well to admire journalists who take efforts to mitigate their own opinions from their reporting. Good for this guy, whoever he is. Shame on Jan for proffering this clip as a jewel in his lopsided crown.

I been watching you on utube

I been watching you on utube for awhile, Good work as usual:D

Jan is one of the few that dare ask real questions of our

Masters. With Jan, Ben Swann, Rudowski, and others perhaps there is hope for our nation when investigative journalists bring home the story, in this case the individual was clear that they could not answer any real questions brought forth. Keep up the good work Jan, we are winning one video, one interview, and one "I'd rather not" at a time. Your style of interviews shows the hypocrisy that is the ruling class, you sir should be on prime time on Fox, or CNN; but I digress, that would be an insult to your hard work and conviction to unveil the truth in a world of lies.

Always remember:
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." ~ Samuel Adams
If they hate us for our freedom, they must LOVE us now....

Stay IRATE, remain TIRELESS, an

Basically, "I work for Corporate Media so I'm a mindless robot."

These "confrontations" never get old. Just further exposes the rampant presstitution in the Media.

Keep up the great work!

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What or who is he afraid of?

So because he works for an entertainment and Zionist propaganda organization disguised as a news organization he cannot have an opinion?

Is he afraid of saying something that may get him fired? or reprimanded? or beaten by Ruperts thugs? or maybe Vince Fostered?

Hmmmmmm...very ponderous.

Or maybe Jan, you forgot to slip him an envelope stuffed with fresh crispy FRN's.

Either way, he is too skeered to talk to Jan...do you think he would ever have the courage to report some truth about gvt. or the establishment? I think we all know the answer to that.

Love your work Jan...keep it up...they are terrified of you!

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Thank you for your support and praise.

Thank you for your support and praise.

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Same question the government asks of you

When they want to search your crotch, your computer or ask why you need a gun. He works for a news organization but is still a private citizen and is perfectly within his rights not to respond. Just as I'm free to respond in kind to the governments questioning.

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Interesting

He was very clever in how he answered you. "I work for a news agency, if rather not." Those are two separate statements. He made it seem as if his company restricted him from commenting, but if you were to find out that it's not true, he could say he never said that. He could say "I simply said I worked for a news agency, and I would RATHER not answer your questions". If he was really restricted, he would have said "the news orginization I work for prohibits me from answering any questions.", but he did phrase it that way.

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Yes, good point.

Yes, good point.

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I Don't Get It

Most companies have rules against employees speaking to press. You asked him if he would answer your questions and he said "i'd rather not"... where is the story here?

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Most companies DON'T have any such rule

Most companies DON'T have any such rule and when they do, they don't follow it. Have you seen all the journalists I and other journalists have interviewed? How do you explain it? I have interviewed plenty of Fox News journalists such as Juan Williams, Pinkerton, Steve Hayes, Fred Barnes, Howard Kurtz etc.. Watch the interviews. They talk when they want to and use company rules as an excuse when they don't want to talk.
If everyone followed his principle he would be unemployed. Nobody to interview.

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To the OP

Where have you been, under a rock? LOL

Jan's interviews do rock, btw!

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Thank you for your support and comment

Thank you for your support and comment.

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Hypocrisy in the highest order

Yes, everyone has a right to comment or not comment, but the fact that he works for a News Agency that claims "Fair and Balanced" sure doesn't ring true to the company's Non-Disclosure terms.

And honestly, if he's in the business of public opinion, why shouldn't he give us his own on the record?

What do they have to hide?

It just doesn't make sense to someone like myself, Rockstar. But I get where you're coming from.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

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Agreed.

If everyone followed his principle he would be unemployed. Nobody to interview.
I have interviewed plenty of Fox News journalists Juan Williams, Pinkerton, Steve Hayes, Fred Barnes, Howard Kurtz etc.. Watch the interviews. They talk when they want to and use company rules as an excuse when they don't want to talk.

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I don't see any Hypocrisy

First off im no supporter of mainstream media but I am going to defend them here.

having the motto fair and balanced doesn't not bar you from having your employees go through certain channels when dealing with press or outside reporters. It is not hypocritical its intelligent. I'm sure at that level certain protocol needs to be followed to get a reporter to get an interview with their employees, like calling a head and scheduling an appointment. Standing outside and approaching them when they are leaving or entering work is not it. Then bashing them for not wanting to stop and answer some stranger's questions on camera is petty. Saying I'd rather not answer your question does not mean they are hiding something. If someone approached me and asked me the same questions with a camera I would say the same thing (and i'm a no body). I'm not hiding anything I just choose not to share my opinions with a stranger who's intentions im not aware of.

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I have interviewed plenty of Fox News journalists

Have you seen all the journalists I and other journalists have interviewed? How do you explain it? I have interviewed plenty of Fox News journalists WITHOUT PRIOR COMPANY CONSENT such as Juan Williams, Pinkerton, Steve Hayes, Fred Barnes, Howard Kurtz etc.. Watch the interviews. They talk when they want to and use company rules as an excuse when they don't want to talk.

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Sounds like

He doesn't want to..you get that feeling?.
Why are they all afraid of you Jan, have you been asking those hard questions again.

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Yes, very afraid.

Yes, very afraid.

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He says he works for a news organization. I would rather not.

"Rush City" poster by Gus Heege. "Dose of Pepper Causes Orator to Loose His Voice." US Library of Congress Print. [Just because he works for a news staff, he would rather not comment?] Even those losing their voice... can read.

"Sometimes my feelings are so hot that I have to take to the pen and pour them out on paper to keep them from setting me afire inside; then all that ink and labor are wasted, because I can't print the result. I have just finished an article of this kind, and it satisfies me entirely. It does my weather-beaten soul good to read it, and admire the trouble it would make for me and the family. I will leave it behind, and utter it from the grave. There is free speech there, and no harm to the family. - The Privilege of the Grave published in Who is Mark Twain?

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good point

good point, no matter what I asked him his response was the same: I'd rather not. It struck me as very funny.

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Doesn't Jan know that Fox

Doesn't Jan know that Fox news is pure facts, no opinions?

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LOL

LOL

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