How to do a confrontational interview: Bob Costas grills Jerry Sandusky
Bob Costas’ grilling of accused Penn State child molester Jerry Sandusky should be mandatory viewing for all journalism students who want to learn how to handle a confrontational interview.
Costas wielded a strong command of the facts. Listened intently to each answer. Asked focused questions and follow-up questions. And he wasn’t satisfied with vague proclamations of innocence.
Years of cable news have brainwashed viewers into thinking a confrontational interview involves talking heads bullying and yelling at people.
Not true. Costas shows you can be polite — and tough — at the same time.