After Tom Clancy was called in during the live news coverage of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center — as an expert to describe what was going on in the terrorists’ minds and “the preparedness and planning needed for this type of attack” — one may have thought that was as unfortunate as one may get in terming one a “subject expert” on news on TV.
Think again! CNN has to ‘better’ itself at every juncture…!
And indeed, I did a lot of ‘rethinking’ as I saw NEWSNIGHT With Aaron Brown on CNN this morning. (I live in India, remember?!)
Aaron had Karen Bond, “a former attorney who served time in federal prison for securities fraud,” sharing her expert knowledge on how Martha Stewart should cope in prison! She even “advised” Martha Stewart (on Aaron Brown’s insistence) to spend all the time she can with her family (before being sent behind bars); “hold them close” she added.
Reproduced below is the transcript of the said exchange:
[…] BROWN: This is probably a truly stupid question but I’m going to ask it anyway because I do that sometimes. But if you had to give her some advice, what would the advice be right now?
BOND: Treasure these moments with your family. Hold them close and when you get to prison please keep your mouth shut and pretend that you are just an ordinary person. […]
Well, what’s next ? ? Where is journalism coming to… ? !
PS: And Yes, Aaron Brown. It was indeed “a truly stupid question”. Rather unfortunate that you went ahead and asked it, in poor judgement… to ‘maintain the consistency in asking those stupid questions, every once in a while!’
I always believed that there was never a stupid question. After all, this is one adage that all journalists must believe in. But after this one, I really wonder…