Now that we’ve had a few days to digest the controversial interview, the question must be asked: “Did Christin Cooper ‘really’ go too far with bronze medalist Bode Miller?”
Sure, Ms. Cooper may have asked one too many questions regarding Bode Miller’s late brother, Chelone “Chilly” Miller. Yes, Bode did cry on national TV.
But did she go beyond her journalistic responsibilities and violate her journalistic integrity? I say no! It would have been a violation of her journalistic integrity not to.
For starters, Bode Miller was the one that invoked the memory of his late brother, not her. She simply took the interview in the direction in which he set the course.
I understand that you may disagree with my perspective. Many do. However, if you simply heard the audio or just read the transcript of the interview, would you still hold the same position? The transcripts alone do not appear out of the ordinary.
The difference is that we all got to see the video. We saw a grown man, an Olympian, cry on one of the world’s biggest stages.
Seeing grown men cry, especially on national TV, is AWKWARD. It makes us feel uncomfortable. This is the reason why Christin Cooper has become the villain, not the line of questioning.
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