Brooke Gladstone's interview with Ed Henry (last seen bragging that CNN "let me loose" on the floor of the NYSE) reveals Henry to be even more vapid than I even suspected:
BROOKE GLADSTONE: So I was looking at your Twitter feed. “Rahm was chasing Mrs. Biden, and she hid behind me [ED HENRY LAUGHS], so I got in the crosshairs.”
ED HENRY: [LAUGHS]
BROOKE GLADSTONE: “A little girl just hit the VP in the face with some water.” You can see how this might make people who want –
[ED HENRY LAUGHS]
- a challenging press corps that holds -
ED HENRY: Yeah.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: - the feet of power to the fire distinctly uncomfortable.
ED HENRY: No, I don't, actually.
Ed, I believe you.
Here's my favorite line, in which Henry asserts that divining a source's fork-holding/food-chewing habits are really really important:
I think having a meal with someone that you cover actually gives you a lot more perspective on not only who they are but why they're attacking a certain issue, a certain way.
The indefatigable Gladstone, to her credit, is so not persuaded on the value of the backyard bbq:
If these events don't influence coverage, why do you think the White House throws them? Do they just want to shoot you with a super-soaker?