Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke whose campaign foundered so badly that he needed a reboot, was asked last week by MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace to “play media critic” and tell her what the media can do better in covering his campaign.”
“What can we do better as those of us trying to cover your candidacies from very far away from where the first votes will be cast in Iowa and New Hampshire? Don’t hold back,” she asked.
“This is a good question,” O’Rourke said. “It just is what it is.”
“It doesn’t have to be,” Wallace said.
O’Rourke responded by giving an example of having an “incredibly powerful town hall meeting” about health care or the opioid crisis only to be asked a horse race question or something not connected to the issues he just discussed by members of the national media.
Wallace then offered O’Rourke some advice, which was to grab NBC reporter Garrett Haake, who’s covering his campaign, and “tell him what’s on your mind. If you don’t like what’s covered, you can change that; you’re the candidate.”