The President is doing a whirlwind tour of all the networks today to discuss Syria. With all those interviews, you can count on each one being short, less than ten minutes. For any of the interviews to be informative – not just a long soundbite or worse, show biz – the interviewers must be given ample time to ask follow up questions and probing questions. That is how you get information – by being able to ask ‘why’ or ‘how do you know’ or ‘what makes you so certain’ or ‘what do you expect will be the consequences’ or etc. which are follow up questions.
With about only 7 minutes, the interviewer says hello, asks a question and gets a 3 – 4 minute answer (a filibuster) and then gets to ask one more and once again a 3-4 minute answer…and it is over. ”Thank you Mr. President.” That is not exactly an interview on an important topic like war. That is an ad.
I would prefer – because of the importance of the topic – the President do just one interview with one network and add up all the time for that one interviewer than to divide it evenly among the networks.
American people need at least one 30 minute interview.
What do you think?