It’s true that often it is the slow ball delivery in the context of a interview with a public persona is more revealing that the short sharp shock tactics of the preferred modern form. David Frost’s 1977 interviews with Richard Nixon took the format of four programs, each of which were ninety minutes long. In the end, Gay Byrne’s interview with Gerry Adams was disappointingly short. But as I note in my piece over at the Guardian this morning, it is interesting for what it reveals about a man who’s political career has forced him to be evasive about almost everything that was close to him.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty