How could the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a master at playing the media like a fiddle, not know the mic was on last week when he made that repulsive comment about castrating Barack Obama?
One of the very first things you learn in Media Training 101 is that if you’re mic’d, always assume it’s on and never say anything you wouldn’t say off the air.
I heard at least two radio talk show hosts say they’re convinced that Jackson knew darn well the mic was on and that his comments would be picked up and aired. I don’t agree. But I’m curious about what you think.
Even though Jackson apologized publicly to Obama, and endorsed him, did he know the mic was on?