The ambush interview of Rep. Bob Etheridge of North Carolina has inspired a Commentary blog post by John Steele Gordon on a 19th-century ambush interview by a reporter with William Henry Vanderbilt, who controlled the New York Central Railroad:
"Mr. Vanderbilt, are you working for the public or for your stockholders?"
"The public be damned! I am working for my stockholders! If the public want the train, why don't they support it?"
Thanks to FutureOfCapitalism reader-participant-watchdog-partner-content-co-creator DG for sending the link.