Tuesday, May 15, 2007

How Not To Cover Religion As a Journalist

The BBC is apparently doing a report on Scientology. It appears that things got a little tense. In this clip the BBC's reporter, John Sweeney, is conducting an "interview" of sorts. (You may want to turn down your volume before watching.)

Sweeney offered an explanation for his melt-down here.

Actually, I think his explanation is credible. He seems to be in control of himself while he is screaming at his interviewee, and to be doing it for effect-- and to make a point.

Not that I am endorsing such an approach to interviewing . . . .


Blogger CultWatch said...

Don't fall in to the trap of discussing whether John Sweeney got annoyed and shouted, it is a non-issue.

The real issues that need to be investigated are all possible breaches of the law by the self-styled "Church of Scientology".

Warning: To anybody who has not come across Scientology before, enter the following search terms into your favourite search engine: "Fair Game" and "Scientology"

Finally, don't ever buy a book on Dianetics(TM), walk away.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 4:38:00 PM  
Anonymous onelowerlight said...

Wow. I'm not sympathetic of scientology at all, but if someone were interviewing me and they started screaming at me like that, I'd just walk out--that's just too disrespectful, and very unprofessional. OTOH, it shows that the interviewee actually had quite a bit of power in that situation--after all, if he didn't have a whole lot of power, the interviewer wouldn't have felt the need to scream.

Monday, May 21, 2007 4:41:00 PM  

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