Stengel Sting

Where's Charlie Gibson when you need him? We don't need him, as it turns out, because there are editors at Time magazine who are also oblivious to big news stories.

There was a classic moment on Morning Joe today when Mika Brzezinski asked Time editor Rick Stengel whether the magazine's current issue contains anything about the allegations that the Obama admin offered Joe Sestak a top federal job in return for getting out of the Senate primary against Arlen Specter.
It appears that, even after he remembered the name Sestak, Stengel still didn't know what the story was that Time was missing - whether the Attorney General will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate what job was offered to Sestak and who offered it and who's covering the whole thing up at the White House!
STENGEL: Oh, oh.  Sestak.  No. No. No. BRZEZINSKI: OK, just wondering. STENGEL: There is not.  There is not. BRZEZINSKI: Is it not a story? STENGEL: Um, I think we did it, we did it online. Um, have you been talking about it this morning? I haven't actually listened this morning. BRZEZINSKI: Yeah, we've been following it all week and I've just been sort of asking different editors where it sort of places in their spectrum. JOE SCARBOROUGH: Mika thinks it's a story. STENGEL: Oh.
Keep in mind, it was only 9 days ago that Sestak upset Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania primary. Here's Charlie Gibson last September when he showed how it's possible for a big news guy to be oblivious to a big news story.
Congress had already voted to de-fund ACORN and Charlie wasn't aware of the video sting that lead to the action.