Wednesday, August 10, 2005

O'Reilly Humiliated (without falafel)

It's subtle, but go here and get the video to see Bill O'Reilly, trying with all of his falafel-wielding might, get humiliated by Dolores Kesterson, a woman who lost her son in Iraq.

Added bonus -- it seems like he thought that this woman would speak out against Cindy Sheehan, who is right now in vigil outside of Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, demanding audience so that she can get an explanation about why her son is dead.

Bill's interview "technique" doesn't need that much explication, except that, as a journalist, I feel compelled to tell you all that this is NOT how we do our jobs. Bill tries to ambush her, asking her idiotic questions like whether she prefers George Bush or Michael Moore (she blows him away by pointing out that Moore isn't responsible for invading other countries) and Bill tries to overwhelm her with facts about Iraq, which Kesterson deals with rather well, I think... he says Saddam broke UN rules. She points out that we didn't exactly stop him from committing attrocities against his own people after Gulf War I.

Remember, when you're watching this... Bill is on TV and radio daily. This is what he does. Kesterson is a mother, with a life of her own that has nothing to do with media. For anyone who cares, it's my opinion that a good and ethical journalist should always take the media experience of the subject into account during an interview. The less experience the subject has, the more the journalist is obligated to not manipulate the conversation in any way. If it's between a journalist and major company executive, both with decades of experience, it's a free for all. A journalist interviewing a random person on the street has a different obligation. Now, Bill is calm in this clip, he doesn't lose his temper, but... watch him. Is he trying to manipulate Kesterson? I say that he is.

Good thing she was too smart for him.


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