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    help~two questions

    "Her spokesman went so far as to fuel speculation about a White House bid by planting a question with a helpful journalist."
    1. Is this sentence somehow has a derogatory sense towards this spokesman by saying "went so far as to fuel speculation"
    2. what does "plant a question" mean? does it have a derogatory or commendatory sense?

    this is from ECONOMIST
    Condoleezza Rice | The dazzler that dimmed | Economist.com

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    Re: help~two questions

    Quote Originally Posted by chen View Post
    "Her spokesman went so far as to fuel speculation about a White House bid by planting a question with a helpful journalist."
    1. Is this sentence somehow has a derogatory sense towards this spokesman by saying "went so far as to fuel speculation"
    2. what does "plant a question" mean? does it have a derogatory or commendatory sense?

    this is from ECONOMIST
    Condoleezza Rice | The dazzler that dimmed | Economist.com
    The article is meant to be supportive of Secretary Rice. "She wowed the crowds in Wiesbaden by arriving in knee-high leather boots. Her spokesman went so far as to fuel speculation about a White House bid by planting a question with a helpful journalist." The spokesman for Secretary Rice was hoping to generate some excitement/interest in a possible presidential bid by Ms. Rice. 'Planting a question' means a supportive journalist is given a question to ask Ms. Rice. So, when the question is asked, Ms. Rice will be expecting it and will have had advance time to prepare her answer. This is a very common practice in politics.

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    Re: help~two questions

    Now I understand, thank u~~~~

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