Hot Air on the Hill

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Politicians use congressional hearings to score cheap points and bully productive people.
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Congressional hearings date back to the first congress in 1789, and they’re supposed to educate lawmakers. But now hearings are more about scoring points.

In the recent impeachment hearings, Rep. Adam Schiff shouted at least five times, “Gentleman is not recognized!” to shut down opposition points.

Republicans are ridiculous, too. Some should wish they’d been shut down. Several years ago, Sen. Orrin Hatch asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg the silly question: “How do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?”

After a pause, Zuckerberg responded, “Senator, we run ads.”

Hatch couldn’t figure that out on his own?

Rep. Al Green interrogated Zuckerberg about groups that Facebook partners with to create a new cryptocurrency.

“How many are headed by women?” Green demanded.

“Congressman, I do not know the answer,” Zuckerberg replied.

“How many of them are minorities, Mr. Zuckerberg? … Are there any members of the LGBTQ+ community?”

Republican Steve King complained to Google’s CEO about what his granddaughter saw on an iPhone. He demanded, “how does that show up on a seven year old’s iPhone, who’s playing a kid’s game?” he asked.

“Congressman, the iPhone is made by a different company,” Google’s CEO had to tell King.

John Stossel invites you to send in your favorite examples of politicians revealing themselves.