This woman was attempting to make Olympian Bode Miller cry like it was her job. Well, actually she probably thought it was.
I understand that Miller was the first to mention his brother but the way she just kept drilling down into it just seemed unfair. It just seems so crass.
One of the dangers a reporter must be aware of is that you cease to acknowledge the humanity of the subjects of your story. It’s all about the story. Things are seen as good or bad only in relation to whether it makes the story better. Good and bad cease to be benchmarks. “Boring” and “Good television” are how everything is judged.
This woman saw the possibility of tears and a breakdown and it was like blood in the water to sharks. She was all over it.
This reporter’s behavior was discussed heavily in Twitter. Lotsa’ folks calling her out. Bode Miller, being a classy guy, attempted to defend her a bit in Twitter saying it wasn’t all her fault.
The problem isn’t, to me, her bad behavior. The major problem is that most of the reporters wouldn’t have done it any differently.