Shaken Not Stirred

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Can You Find A Better Witness or Better Editor?

I was watching one of the news channels today. One of the BIG stories was the landing of the first plane from Lebanon carrying American citizens. I was so relieved to see it land safely in Baltimore and happy for their families. I still pray for the rest of the travelers to find flights and land safely here too.

Anyway, they were interviewing some of the passengers. They interviewed one guy who basically just said "yes" or "no" to the questions, not elaborating very much. So he really didn't add to the story, give any human interest tilt to it. But what I found really funny (maybe he was nervous) was when he was talking about playing basketball with some of the Lebanese men. They showed a clip of the event and he said something like this "there is them and there's us the Americans". What? That's what you can say about the relations between you and them? There is us, and there is them? Okay thanks!!!

Why is it that news people always find some uninteresting people to interview? On another channel, there was some better interviews. The one I liked was an interview with a college student and his younger brother. They both talked about how helpful the embassy was in facilitating their exit. They talked about how they had spent their vacation in Lebanon and also described their feelings about the chaos. Much better editor and much better interview.


  • I wonder how they pick people to interview. On any news event that happens here they have to find the biggest hick that witnessed the event.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 7:12 PM  

  • People don't have smart great
    talker stamped on their
    foreheads.A news interview
    in that situation,is nothing
    but a crap shoot.

    By Blogger michele, at 3:19 PM  

  • Maybe he should have just stuck to the Yes and No answers.

    By Blogger Drywall Mom, at 5:42 PM  

  • I don't think the war over there will end until they have all killed each other. Tragic!

    By Blogger Ruben, at 8:32 PM  

  • Blah!!! Can't we all just get along?! We need to do our radio show. That'll unite everyone..hahaha!

    By Anonymous Babette, at 1:48 AM  

  • yes, if i was being interviewed, i'd spice it right on up

    By Blogger Badoozie, at 2:58 PM  

  • all media pretty much suck, i think.

    By Blogger vani, at 10:40 PM  

  • You know how they really pick the interviewees? Each news team carries a helper monkey trained in the art of "Enie Meanie Miney Mo." This help monkey then selects people based on what food they smell like.

    By Blogger Gyrobo, at 11:04 PM  

  • Everyone else probably refused to talk to them. I think I would have just not bothered putting him on...but then I'm the their boss would have freaked out.

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 7:21 AM  

  • It seems obvious to me--if you have an interview that fails to add value, you don't use it. But you're right, few editors seem to go by this rule.

    -- david

    By Blogger David Amulet, at 5:20 PM  

  • I am usually amused by the people they interview on news programs. I bet they interview way more than they broadcast and they they show the morons.

    By Blogger Big Ben, at 7:43 PM  

  • Ugh...he should have stuck with yes and no.

    By Blogger Princess Pessimism, at 11:37 PM  

  • Most of the English who have been interviewed have said they've left with bittersweet feelings on account of the fact that they feel guilty leaving so many loved ones behind.

    By Blogger Ben Heller, at 4:56 AM  

  • That is so true, when it comes to interviewing people they tend to chose the wrong candidates, most seem clueless

    By Blogger Delaleuverses, at 9:58 AM  

  • I guess its hit or miss. Its an "On the scene" situation. The best you can do is pick decent questions, and find the most animated people you can and hope for the best!

    By Blogger twolf1920, at 2:38 PM  

  • Maybe some people freeze when a microphone is shoved in their face *giggle* ... I know I would, and would be saying "blah".
    Hope your week is going well.
    Take care, Meow

    By Blogger Meow, at 10:48 PM  

  • In defense of the journalist, when your deadline is looming, sometimes you have to go with what you've got.

    The luckless sod with "There is us and there is them" ought to get a bollicking from his producer for crap material. But he still has his dayjob, because he made deadline with something and his show had something, no matter how pathetic, to air for their newscast.

    By Blogger blackcrag, at 10:00 PM  

  • i like chatty people too

    By Blogger sophie, at 10:04 PM  

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