Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Brit Hume's interview with the President

Brit Hume is probably my favorite journalist on TV. When he asks questions of people he's actually trying to elicit information from the person he's speaking with. He asks questions, then listens for the answers, lets them answer completely, and then asks relevant follow-up questions. You never get the impression he is trying to set up the interviewee for the followup. This is Tim Russert's specialty.

Too many interviewers go into them to try to get the subject to say what the interviewer wants. Hume is one of the few that actually seems interested in having the audience learn something from the exchange.