Why Couric was more aggressive against Palin?
Posted by tennisplanet on October 3, 2008
The interviewer is as much under pressure to deliver as the one interviewed at such high profile shows. But the tone of the interview, the questions, the outcome is still predicated on how the interviewee performs.
If the interviewee fails to take charge, the interviewer gets emboldened and ramps up the line of questioning to feed the perceived notion that he /she is somehow superior than the interviewee. You think Couric would have asked the same questions if Bill Clinton was in that chair with similar infractions? Maybe. But the tone and the body language would have been a lot tamer and timid because Clinton would have dominated the interview no matter what subject the questions were on – yes, even about Monica.
Did being of the same sex add fuel to that fire? Sure. It’s inbuilt in us. We don’t want any of our own kind to prosper. Was that one of the reasons women did not support Hilary? You bet!!!
Was it because Couric likes Obama? Sure. But as a professional you keep your interests and leanings to yourself in these settings. But when the above two rules are compromised, this one inadvertently and subconsciously gets out of the bag to further inflict the pain and suffering.
Classic example of this is when Couric had the courage to ask the same question twice to get a specific answer with “Not to belabor the question”. Clinton would have not answered it either but his reply would have been strong enough to deter Couric from coming back to it for specifics.
If you are not getting any one of this, you need to go drown yourself in the kitchen sink first before reading again. Either that or it’s time for my medication.