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.