I have not seen that interview but I will check it out. Interesting article that is well researched. As a general rule, TV journalists and faux journalists like Guthrie have to strike a balance. They should not badger and harass a politician but they should ask tough questions and not allow a politician to recycle their three talking points. My three examples of TV journalists who excel at such interviews are Chris Wallace, Christiane Amanpour and John Dickerson. They are tough but fair. My second observation is that female interviewers who are tough and hard nosed with a politician somehow are perceived to be mean spirited and excessively cruel in a way that a man would not be judged. Finally, since Fox News has perfected the “softball” interview with Trump (see Maria Bartiromo Business Insider article) and others, I think mainstream TV journalists do not want to be accused of such favoritism so they overcompensate. What do you think?

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Frank Racioppi

Frank Racioppi

I am a South Jersey-based writer who manages Podcast Reports on Blogger and have a book available on Amazon about podcasts and podcasting called “Ear Worthy.”

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