Journalists learn to work well under pressure, but sometimes we reach that boiling point when subjects or bosses become very unreasonable. Here’s a few of my favorites:
Sheppard Smith, Fox News: “We are America! WE DO NOT FUCKING TORTURE!” This was a discussion on whether torture is justified.
John Sweeney, BBC: “YOU WERE NOT THERE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE INTERVIEW! YOU WERE NOT THERE! YOU DID NOT HEAR OR RECORD ALL THE INTERVIEW do you understand?” This was from his documentary for Panorama called “Scientology and Me” where he investigates the litigious “religion”, and yells at him after days and days of stalking and unwanted accusations by the Scientology spokesman, Tommy Davis. He apologized for yelling at Mr. Davis, but in my opinion, no apology was needed because Mr. Davis was harassing him throughout the taping of this documentary. Talk about mind control. Here’s a link to his outburst sans apology: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjlo4u_8g60
Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC: “Do you have a lighter?” Unlike the other two journalists, Ms. Brzezinski keeps her cool but make its clear she’s not putting the Paris Hilton jail saga as the lead story. She makes a good judgment there by burning and tearing the story to shreds.