This is just sick.
I don't often agree with Hannity and Colmes, but on this one I do.
This is a case of a misguided missle.
My question is, why do they even put this woman on the air and allow her to spew this nuttiness? They're just giving her exactly what she wants.
Ignore her and her idiot family and they will go away.
Robert Gregory Browne
KISS HER GOODBYE (now available)
KILLER YEAR: Stories to Die For (Jan. 2008)
WHISPER IN THE DARK (2008)
St. Martin's Press
Good point, I agree. Of course news programs like Hannity and Colmes always like something that will stir people up, it's good for business, more people watch.Originally Posted by robgb
I thought that the interviewers were all idiots. If you believe the person you are interviewing is a nutcase then you have to believe that allowing them to speak will bring out the fallacies in their arguments. The purpose of the interview should have been investigation of her thought process. Offensive or not, she should have been allowed to speak and the interviewers should have switch to "active" listening. As it was, I found them pretty gutless and intellectually ineffective. They did nothing to further their cause or diminish hers. It was a total waste of time since I didn't understand her any better after the interview than I did before.
That's an interesting point you make there about the interviewer and completely valid. Here in England, if an intereviewer reacted in that way for say, the BBC - they would almost certainly be fired. One of our very greatest interviewers is a guy called Jeremy Paxman - who is even more sarcastic than I am - would have dealt with this more or less in the same way - but then you wouldn't have noticed it. Subtle is name of the game - not leading an audience. That is ~~~~ing patronizing.Originally Posted by ohernie
The American interviewer in this case is completely correct in some ways in the assumptions he makes - BUT, they are HIS assumptions - WHICH, therefore leads the American audience, THUS, making the interviewer more like a court case style prosecutor, rather than an unbiased - what, why, when open style Q&A.
But hey! Maybe Americans prefer it this way. Cefax - for the hard of thinking.
It is important to note that Hannity and Colmes is not a show where the hosts are "interviewers" and they are reporting on news. They are not journalists or reporters or interviewers. They are political commentators and the show is a political debate show. The whole point is to debate politics. Sean is the conservative voice on the show, Alan is the liberal voice. Hence the show's balance of ideals...in the US anyway. This is one topic where they both agreed and basically went after the guest with hard cutting attacks. Usually that does not happen since Alan and Sean disagree on most everything.Originally Posted by PaulR
There are other news shows on Fox News that are simply talking heads reporting on the news without commentary...those shows are mostly during the day. In the evenings, the commentary shows take over. Most people do not understand the difference...but there is one and it is great. They are not supposed to be unbiased on this show. They are supposed to spur debate and challenge ideals, even those of their guests. It is one reason why the show is one of the top rated shows on all cable news (along with Bill O'Reilly, another commentary show from a political independant).
So instead of being a piss poor example of interviewing it was a piss poor example of debate?Originally Posted by Brian W. Ralston
Yup. The concept of deferring to anything, even intellect, is not part of the American way anymore. It's all about testosterone and control.Originally Posted by PaulR
OT: There was a book published about a decade ago where the author wrote about the lack of intellectuals and intellectual thinking in public forums. His point was that intellectuals had retreated to the ivory towers of colleges so the average person didn't come into come into contact with logic and thinking at anything above a mundane level in mass media. I think it's safe to say that there is currently an anti-intellect bias in America. I never picked the book up but it stuck in my mind and given the current situation, as exemplified by the interview, it seems all the more relevant.
Anybody heard of it?
Yeah...that's it. Americans are dumb overall. No intellect any more, except for the college professors. All hail the professors. They will save us one day.Originally Posted by ohernie
How did they ever get to be such a super power in the world?