Yes, the first requirement for a good interviewer is to have an encyclopedic command of facts, especially when you are interviewing a master of deflection who knows less than nothing but can wind anything down into a mess by throwing off bombs.
The era of the press being bullied into throwing the POTUS softballs is over. Which has always caused me consternation.
The whinereimers were going to be howling about the refs no matter what they did.
Re: Johnathon Swan
As noted in the thread, Swan is an Aussie and they have no tradition of taking crap from the high and mighty.
Probably also believes he can get a job back there if a massive flock of angry flying keyboard warrior monkeys put an X on his back.