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Blitzer Offends Bob Bennett; He Expected Heads-Up Before Being Q’ed About Bro

After talking to attorney Bob Bennett about his client Judith Miller, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer “switch[ed] gears dramatically” and asked a question about his brother Bill’s comments about aborting black babies. After the audio clip played, Wolf asked: “Have you discussed this issue with him?” And then, with my emph. added:

 Well, no, and, Wolf, let me say, I am rather disappointed at you for not telling me you would ask me about that. This was about Judy Miller, and I think that’s a courtesy you could have extended to me.

After finishing the thought, Wolf explained: “Well, the reason I ask is because I know you and your brother love each other and you are good brothers. And it was only obvious to me, I assume, that you know I would ask a newsworthy question.” But Bennett played stupid:

 I didn’t know that at all, Wolf. In the past you’ve always been very straight with me. And I’m honest with you and I’m offended by that.

“It was awkward,” an e-mailer says, “particularly when Wolf ended by calling him a ‘good lawyer, a good brother and a good friend.’ Is he really a good lawyer after what seems like a Miller debacle?”

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