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  1. Why do these people insist on talking like robots? You don’t “win the conversation” by repeating your stupid talking point, ad infinitum.

  2. I hate to say it, but I take O’Donnell’s side in this. Like she said, she’s not running for office, she’s promoting her book, and he kept harping on a hot-button topic, trying to get a soundbite from her. A good journalist that’s actually trying to conduct an interview would have seen that the topic was going nowhere and moved on to a new subject to keep the conversation going. How long would that have continued if she hadn’t ended it? Would he have let the whole segment consist of that back and forth?

    If she was running for office he could be justified grilling her, because these are questions that someone in power should have to be clear about. But she’s not, in this situation she’s just an author pushing her book. Imagine if it was any other author. They wouldn’t put up with that bullshit either.

    1. She fancies herself a political player, ergo people are going to ask her political questions.

      And her book probably comes with its own pack of crayons.

    2. > “But she’s not, in this situation she’s just an author pushing her book. Imagine if it was any other author. They wouldn’t put up with that bullshit either.”
      Except that she talks about it in her book. What do you want in interviewer to do? Talk about stuff that’s NOT in her book, even though she’s there to promote her book and promote her political beliefs?

      Quite frankly, I’m tired of pathetic “journalists” who act like lapdogs.

      1. I’m not saying O’Donnell was in the right either. My point was mainly that Piers should have been the better person and not harp on one question rather than allow something like what happened to occur on his show. He lost control in the worst way.

  3. Let’s see..Michelle Bachman refuses to answer questions about gay rights because she IS running for office, and O’Donnell refuses to answer questions about gay rights because she’s NOT running for office.

  4. I did a lot of interviews in broadcasting, both politicians and musicians. They all agree to do this to promote themselves, their electoral campaigns, or a book or album or something. But when you submit to questioning, it is generally understood that an interviewee will be asked any kind of questions people may be interested in. If there’s some issue you don’t want discussed, either work that out before airtime or don’t grant interviews. And don’t go live and complain that all you want to do is promote sales.

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