I know they have little choice right now, but can you imagine a worse place to be than the Superdome tonight? I know it’s better than being hit by a 25 foot storm surge, but that has to be a pretty miserable place.
I’ve been watching WKRN’s coverage along with CNN, FOX, MSNBC and The Weather Channel tonight. I’ve never really watched much of Chris Matthews but my impression tonight is that he’s trying really hard to impress viewers with his wisdom. Geraldo does it too. So I chose to watch some of Larry King’s coverage and I have to admit, he’s a darned good interviewer.
Not only were his questions of the New Orleans mayor very good, but they were short. “When’s it going to hit?”, “Do you have all of your officers working tonight?”, “Is the Superdome safe?”, “What about the hotels?”.
Ted Koppel does this too. Listening to Larry King tonight reminded me of listening to George Lapides interviewing someone. George has a keen understanding of who he’s talking to and asks great questions. But what I’ve always liked about a George Lapides interview is that he asks short questions that usually draw lengthy and informative responses.
Too many times, reporters (and I’m usually guilty of this) set up questions by stating facts to let the interviewee know we’re pretty smart. We explain our question before we ask it. Good interviewers just ask the darned question. More often than not they get the best answers.