Skip to comments.Gregory Interview of Chabad Rabbi: Faith, Optimism in Face of Tragedy
Posted on 11/30/2008 7:56:56 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
Of all the genres of interviews, those conducted by the media with family and friends of victims of tragedy are among the most difficult and often least successful.
A remarkable exception to that rule comes in the form of the interview David Gregory conducted on this morning's Today show with Rabbi Shalom Paltiel, who was a friend of the Chabad couple murdered in Mombai and is a fellow member of the Chabad movement.
Gregory demonstrates knowledge and sensitivity, and Rabbi Paltiel exhibits a faith and optimism in the face of tragedy that people of all faiths should find inspiring. I encourage people to watch.
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Readers might be surprised and inspired by David Gregory’s interview of a Chabad rabbi on this morning’s Today. Ping to Today show list.
Gregory certainly avoided the goulish and maudlin approach that Katie Couric would have used, but it is Rabbi Paltiel who made this special.
I don’t think it’s what Gregory did, but what he didn’t do. He didn’t interject his own opinion for the most part (That was limited to thank god the baby’s o.k.), cut off the rabbi (except when they ran into a time crunch), speak over the rabbi, or spend 2 minutes of the interview in a speech that led up to a yes/no type question.
Couric, Lauer, Winfrey, et. al, have some lousy habits that overshadow value in many interviews. It’s refreshing to see a well done interview.
Gregory gets it right sometimes...as I’ve noted to Lauer in many letters. However, yesterday’s slobbery praise of The One’s sense of humor, in a joint piece with Jamie Gangel, was absolutely awful.