Franken re-emerges in national media

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) returned to the national media stage on Thursday evening in a rare interview with CNN.

On “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” he weighed in on Comcast’s proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, expressing concern that it could be detrimental to consumers. Franken returned to CNN’s “New Day” program on Friday to make the same argument.

With Tapper, he wasn’t too thrilled that the interview was shot on CNN’s roof during the snowstorm.

“Whose idea was this?” Franken asked as the interview ended.

Several people on Twitter reacted to Franken’s CNN appearance on Thursday by noting it was a rare occurrence.

Franken is one of a few lawmakers on Capitol Hill who evades reporters. The others include Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and David Vitter (R-La.).

Journalists have tweeted about Franken’s previous rare appearances.

In early September, he spoke to reporters after a briefing on Syria.

In May, he appeared on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.”

That same day, he appeared on CNN to discuss Wall Street reforms he proposed.

It’s unclear why Franken and some of his colleagues avoid the press. Franken was sworn into the Senate in 2009, after winning a tight race that involved a recount of votes. Franken is well-known for his roles on “Saturday Night Live” as a writer and performer.