07 December 2007
Newsflash: Barbara Walters is not a journalist.
But she plays one on TV.
Here's the thing, if you're gonna interview people, interview 'em. Don't just say a bunch of silly shit that may "ruffle some feathers" or "jerk some tears" or make people look dumb. That's not what it's about. Probe them, yes, but only if it'll actually have a strong outcome.
For example, asking Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez if he "hates America," is one of the most ignorant things you can ever ask someone who is WILLINGLY SPEAKING WITH AN AMERICAN TAPED FOR AN AMERICAN NETWORK. What's worse is that she asked him if he could speak English for a brief message to Americans, in which he replies by telling them, in English, that he does not hate them. Again, who the hell asks that?!
And don't even get me started on The View. What view? I don't see a view. I see blathering idiots (not you, Whoopi) who never enlighten me with their intelligence, or lack thereof.
That's what I get for being bored enough to watch the "10 Most Fascinating People of 2007" hosted by her. And the most fascinating person? J.K Rowling, which is totally fine by me. But here's the kicker: THEY DIDN'T INTERVIEW THE MOST FASCINATING PERSON OF 2007. They used archival footage about her first burst through stardom, but had absolutely no comment about how she was "thrilled" or "honored" to be deemed that title.
I also liked the fact that Bill Clinton was included not because of what he's done, but because of his wife (pictured above) is running for president. Then shouldn't they have been the power couple who were fascinating instead of Victoria and David Beckham?
Remember the most fundamental step in journalism, y'know, actually wanting to get people's reactions to things? Sheesh. I feel like I'm Lewis Black over here.
On a lighter note: