As a political correspondent, Judy Woodruff has asked many hardball questions of politicians over the years, but Tuesday in Gainesville it was her turn to take a few questions.
At a Rotary Club meeting celebrating the 50th anniversary of public television, Woodruff addressed everything from the White House transition team to Senator Hillary Clinton, and the economic recovery plan. And in the nine elections she's covered, Woodruff said she's never seen a transition this smooth in Washington.
But Woodruff acknowledged political coverage hasn't always been smooth itself in the more than 30 years she's been a correspondent. She was asked about the media turning into softball journalism, which doesn't always allow the public to decide which side is right.
"I do acknowledge that in the aftermath of 9/11, I think the press didn't ask as many questions as it should have, and the run up to the war on Iraq, and any other given moment in history," she said.
Sometimes when the press has been soft, or too hard, on somebody, they try to find a balance, Woodruff said, but the best thing to do is start asking the right questions right away.
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