CNN's Manu Raju vs. Jeff Flake: Cat and mouse
It’s one of the most demanding jobs in Washington journalism: tracking
down a lawmaker who’s in the news but doesn’t necessarily want to talk.
For the Congress press corps, scoring that story-making quote might mean
standing on a marble staircase for hours — if the senator or
representative decides to talk at all. Playbook co-author Rachael Bade
takes us inside the Capitol Hill media “scrum” — as reporters like CNN’s
Manu Raju reveal their tricks of the trade… and former Senator Jeff
Flake discloses all the times he pretended to talk on his phone while
walking past reporters.
Rachael Bade is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO.
Jeff Flake is former Republican Senator from Arizona and
current Ambassador-designate to Turkey.
Manu Raju is CNN's chief congressional correspondent.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio.
Carlos Prieto is a producer for POLITICO audio.
Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.
Special thanks to Nicholas Wu, Kyle Cheney, Oriana Pawlyk, Nolan
McCaskill, Juliegrace Brufke, Paul Kane who were also featured reporters
in this episode.