Susanna Reid interrupts interview with Tory MP to heckle government ministers
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Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid has come under fire for interrupting an interview with a Conservative MP to heckle government ministers, even though other broadcasters have shouted questions without facing online criticism.
Ms Reid was speaking to former minister Victoria Atkins during Tuesday’s edition of the programme, with Ms Atkins answering a question, when the journalist could be heard directing a question at current chancellor Jeremy Hunt.
As the ex-health secretary walked towards the front door of Downing Street, Ms Reid asked: “Will you keep your job, Mr Hunt?”
She then turned back to the camera and added: “I’m so sorry to interrupt, Victoria, and you were making an important point about the new prime minister’s family values. I just wanted to draw the viewers’ attention to the fact that the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, went in.”
Though it wasn’t the only heckle Ms Reid shouted this morning, as moments later Penny Mordaunt – the leader of the House of Commons – arrived on the scene.
“What words have you got for Liz Truss on her final day? Will you get a new job under the new prime minister,” she shouted.
As Ms Atkins laughed away in the Westminster studio, Ms Reid explained that the politician “knows the drill” in that it is “our obligation to put the questions” to cabinet ministers.
Referencing her earpiece, the Lincolnshire MP joked: “It was even louder for me than it is for them.”
And some Twitter users weren’t impressed by Ms Reid’s heckling:
\u201c@GMB Absolutely awful performance again from Susanna Reid. Halfway through an interview with Victoria Atkins breaks off twice to screech banal questions at passing ministers.\nHow does the woman get airtime?!?!\u201d
\u201cSusanna bellowing at Jeremy Hunt as Victoria Atkins is answering her question is just rude, especially as none of answer as they're going into Number 10 #gmb\u201d
— Christopher \ud83d\udd36\ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7\ud83c\uddee\ud83c\uddea\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Christopher \ud83d\udd36\ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7\ud83c\uddee\ud83c\uddea\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6)
\u201c#GoodMorningBritain absolutely disgraceful behaviour of Susanna Reid, heckling a minister going into Downing St in the middle of an interview with another minister!! She interrupted the interview to yell at Jeremy Hunt \u201cWill you keep your job\u201d appalling!!\u201d
Yet the ITV journalist isn’t the only member of the media to have shouted questions at cabinet ministers making their way in and out of No 10. Back in May, Sky’s deputy political editor Sam Coates received widespread praise for his heckling outside Downing Street.
In a 60-second compilation, Mr Coates asked then-prime minister Boris Johnson if he “lied at the dispatch box”, and quizzed Anne-Marie Trevelyan on whether the cabinet talked about the Partygate scandal, or it was “easier to hear no evil and see no evil”.
“Many important matters to discuss,” Ms Trevelyan replied, to which Mr Coates quipped back, “I bet there are”.
In other words, keep shouting the important questions at government representatives, Ms Reid – but maybe make sure your interviewees have taken out their earpieces first.
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