It happened again—not to two starry-eyed, naive news sources who sat in front of the TV cameras for the first time—but to two political insiders who should have know better.
I call it microphonitis—blabbering on and on about private matters and personal opinions and even uttering obscenities—while a microphone is pinned to your lapel.
This time, it was Peggy Noonan, a conservative columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and Mark Murphy, a strategist during John McCain’s 2000 campaign for president, who were caught criticizing McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin for vice president. It happened during a panel discussion on the set of MSNBC, where Murphy is a commenator.
Noonan apologized in a Wall Street Journal column this morning and gave another version of what she says she meant.
Last month, it was Jesse Jackson whose mic was on when he commented that he wanted to castrate Barack Obama.
Interview subjects who forget that the mic is always on are always their own worst enemies.