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May 15, 2006

Mistaken Identity

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Given the amount of material that the media generate every day, I'm surprised that this kind of thing doesn't happen a lot more often than it does.

Here's the BBC's own account of the snafu.



posted by Michael at May 15, 2006


Wow! I've walked out of job interviews in the past and asked myself "WTF is wrong with those people?", but this, Guy...I'm impressed. He not only handled it in stride, he answered the questions about as well as most other "experts" they bring on to these kinds of shows. :) Good for him!

Posted by: Spoonman on May 16, 2006 08:59 AM

It does tend to reinforce one's convictions that the "experts" we see on TV are not much more informed than you or I. The BBC literally scraped someone off the sidewalk and interviewed him on a subject he had previously no inkling he would be quizzed on, and he comes off as having a working knowlege of the subject. Although I thought he was speaking gibbersh at times, that's pretty much how most of these interviewees come off. Hats off to Monseur Africain for a job well done. They should hire him.

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on May 16, 2006 10:38 AM

Actually, I think it would be an excellent thing if all of us were occasionally jumped for opinions, esp. if the rest of us paid attention. (I also think everyone should teach school for a day, be a traffic cop for a day, run for office for a day -- the old ideal of the participating citizen!)

It was the interviewer who came off as a nattering numbskull, rocking merrily along her narrow-gauge tracks.

Prairie Mary

Posted by: Mary Scriver on May 16, 2006 11:20 AM

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