If you’re like a lot of Americans and folks around the globe, you’ve been watching the Olympics. Even if winter sports are not your thing, you’re bound to have seen some sort of coverage by accident, even.
I’ve seen crashes on the slopes I thought surely had to have ended a career. I’ve seen a skater quit due to a back injury. I’ve seen both men and women crash on the half pipe. And I’ve seen a lot of tears…not only over missing a shot at the podium but also because our media has pushed these fine athletes to tears with their invasive questions.
This annoys me.
Brody Miller comes to mind. There’s been a media hailstorm over the female reporter who repeatedly asked Mr. Miller about his deceased brother. Mr. Miller evaded her question time and time again until he simply, seemingly had no choice but to answer her as she was relentless. Only after he shed a tear did she let up. It was painful to watch. It also got people riled up. Most thought she was invading his privacy all for ratings. Most thought she should have stopped asking after he sidestepped her question the second time. I thought it never should have been asked. At all.
After people berated the reporter’s actions, Brody Miller even eventually came to her defense and said she was simply doing her job. I disagree. I think she was following the normal route most–if not nearly all–reporters take and that is to go after the sensationalized story.
I don’t think being a reporter gives you the right to push people to the brink of emotional distress. I don’t think being a reporter gives one the right to prod their subject until they break down into tears. Any rational. compassionate individual is going to miss a recently deceased family member from their lives whether it be a parent, grandparent, sibling or child. Why must the media always go for the throat…or in this case, the heart?