Written by DML
Bill O’Reilly and Fox News are really dragging out last weekend’s interview with President Trump this week.
We first got a glimpse of the interview a day before the Super Bowl, when Fox promoted one small clip where President Trump praised Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Then the interview rolled into Super Bowl Sunday when Fox aired just 10-minutes of the sit-down chat.
Every night since, O’Reilly has played another few minutes of the interview. This is done in an attempt to bolster O’Reilly’s rating. Meanwhile, as a former anchor, it is my belief that this sort of interview should be played in its entirety.
When interviewing a prominent figure, it takes time for the interview to catch steam. Typically, it starts off slowly because the person being interviewed needs to “warm up.” They need to get comfortable with where the interview is headed.
Within a few minutes, either a trust or a mistrust is developed between the interviewer and the person being interviewed. The camera captures all of this, and when played as a long interview it’s very revealing and makes for fantastic TV because it is very human.
In the case with O’Reilly and Trump, they’ve known each other for a long time so both know what to expect. However, their roles have now changed. O’Reilly remains a ratings-seeker, whereas Trump is now the president, and every word he says will be scrutinized and played a million times over.
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Playing the interview in short intervals — as Fox News is doing — shortchanges the viewer and the president because a sound clip parade loses the “human feel.” When played in short bites, the interview becomes nothing more than a series of talking points — Americans are tired of this sort of thing.
On the flip side, had Fox played the interview in its entirety, I’m betting the interview would show a warm, human side to Trump that people need to see. But the news media wants President Trump to appear a rough and heartless leader because it sells ads — it grabs ratings.
Fox News played a clip last night which I believe would have served better if played earlier in the week. In it, Trump is asked if he is working hard. The president reveals he is working super hard, sleeping only a few hours each night. He gets up at 5 a.m. after going to bed past midnight.
According to the president, when he wakes up he turns on the TV and is blown away by the amount of fake news being spread about him.
Had Fox News played that clip on Super Bowl Sunday, instead of the sound bite about Vladimir Putin, perhaps Americans would get a better feel for how the media covers President Trump. Perhaps they’d see how hard the president is working to “Make America Great Again.”
But Fox News would prefer the ratings hike so, instead, viewers will see more commercials.
Here is the sound bite from last night:
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