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    Re: Who Was In The Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    No they don't. These guests need the air time every bit as much as the hosts needs guests. If no host would give a political candidate air time unless they were willing to answer the questions the hosts want addressed they would.
    I would say that the guests need it more. O'Donnell's trying to publicize herself and her book. Morgan doesn't need to do that. I suspect that there wouldn't be as much on the "News" channels if there was nobody publicizing these things, but it's still O'Donnell that needed the publicity more.


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    Re: Who Was In The Right?

    Wow, how completely arrogant. If you are going to be a politician, you should expect to have to answer questions like these. It's not rude to ask a politician a question that pertains to a very large and current hot-button social issue. Perhaps if she doesn't like answering these types of questions, she should stop doing interviews completely or even quit being a politician. I'm not a fan of Piers, but I'm glad he kept pressing the issue.

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    Re: Who Was In The Right?

    This depends ENTIRELY on the understanding PRIOR to the interview...

    For example, if she was invited on to "promote" her new book and was pitched this more like a media tour interview, with no indication given that she'd be getting more political driven and biting questions then I think it'd be problematic.

    If they invited her on for an interview, stating that they'd promote her book but ask her some questions along with it, then there's nothing wrong with it.

    There is a significant difference between a honest to goodness in depth interview and a media tour type thing where guests are being booked in a more "talk show" type atmosphere. To give an example, lets go outside the political world to a over the top example...

    You have OJ Simpson and he writes a book about his time in the NFL.

    Someone having an "in depth interview" with OJ around this time, letting him know before hand when bringing him on that they're going to be asking a variety of questions about multiple topics, and then asking him about the murders would be fine.

    Someone having what's essentially a media tour interview with OJ promoting his book who then out of no where drops questions about the murders is a bit in the wrong in regards to standard interview ettiquite.

    People rarely just enter into these types of interviews completely off the cuff. There's typically conversation between publicists and producers with various understandings made regarding the style and topical nature of an interview. If this happened and Peirs went outside those paramaters, he's absolutely in the wrong. If this happened and what he did was within those parameters and O'Donnel wasn't ready for it or didn't expect it to get there or didn't understand those parameters, then she's in the wrong for just walking off.

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    Re: Who Was In The Right?

    O'Donnell was within her rights to walk off, but she does not have the right to dictate the course of the interview. It is Piers Morgan's show and he has the right to ask whatever questions he wishes. Clearly he is no David Frost. He should have given her much more time, let her get comfortable, and drawn her out more slowly. His producers could have edited for time, and they can put the whole interview up online so that all sides are well represented.
    Last edited by Just1Voice; 08-18-11 at 10:54 AM.

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    Re: Who Was In The Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    That's not necessarily true. I remember Oprah said in an interview that she never accepted limitations for interviews on her show. When people would request that she not mention certain things, she told them "no, I'll ask what I want or we don't have to do the interview" and she got plenty of guests.
    I would almost garauntee that this began to happen after Oprah became OPRAH, and not early on.

    Piers Morgan can't even SNIFF the reach, import, or advertising power that Oprah has. She has the clout to demand such things. I wouldn't suggest anyone on any of the 24/7 news stations really has close to her influence or power.

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    Re: Who Was In The Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    I would almost garauntee that this began to happen after Oprah became OPRAH, and not early on.

    Piers Morgan can't even SNIFF the reach, import, or advertising power that Oprah has. She has the clout to demand such things. I wouldn't suggest anyone on any of the 24/7 news stations really has close to her influence or power.
    Well that may be true, but at the same time does an insigificant one time attempt politician have the clout to demand questions like those aren't asked of her?

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    Re: Who Was In The Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Well that may be true, but at the same time does an insigificant one time attempt politician have the clout to demand questions like those aren't asked of her?
    Absolutely not.

    I'm just saying its unreasonable to assume Peirs has a policy similar to Oprah's where he refuses to have preconditions for his interviews.

    O'Donnell's publicist setting down limits, to my understanding of how interview setup often works, would be rather par for the course. Morgan refusing an interview if he can't have carte blanche to ask anything I think would be more the abnormality.

    The interview is a symbiotic relationship. I disagree with Tucker in the focus on them "providing a service". In reality, they're EXCHANGING services. The person being interviewed gets to promote their current project, the person doing the interview is hoping that the person in question generates entertainment or interest in regards to viewership.

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    Re: Who Was In The Right?

    I just watched the clip. Morgan asked her and she said "It's in the book," but refused to go into detail.

    So she goes on to publicize the book. When asked a question about something that is apparently said "in the book," she won't answer. He didn't go off topic, she just didn't want to answer.

    (For the record, I have not read the book. I am taking O'Donnell's word for it that it's in there.)


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    Re: Who Was In The Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    O’Donnell walks out of CNN interview – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs



    Basically, Piers Morgan was asking her about her stance on gay issues and abstinence, about stuff she had said during her campaign for senate, and in her new book. She got upset and walked off. Was Morgan in the right to ask those questions, was O'Donnal right to think she should be able to control the topic?
    These things are usually handled beforehand...seems there was some miscommunication.
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    Re: Who Was In The Right?

    O'Donnel is a petulant windbag with an overbearing voice only matched her girth.
    A prime example of a 'I'm going to whine and cry to get my own way' brand of liberal.
    Last edited by PzKfW IVe; 08-18-11 at 11:37 AM.

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