Last night was one of the most bizarre TV moments I have ever witnessed, and I’ve watched a lot of TV.
Bob Costas’ surprise interview with alleged pedophile Jerry Sandusky was as weird, fascinating, maddening and telling an interview as we will ever watch.
Costas, who I think is pretty good at his job, was really tasked with asking a series of hard questions to a guy that the world largely wants shot. And Sandusky’s answers did not disappoint. Listening to this guy try and defend himself must have psycho-therapists and clinical physicians around the world with therapy boners. It really was a fascinating listen into the mind of a guy who, if proven true, is one sick fellow. I found it riveting.
But the best part, for me, was the competitive media angle.
ABC and Diane Sawyer have been for over two weeks been promoting her interview with Sentator Gabby Giffords and her husband (and astronaut) Mark. Two weeks of never ending promos, clips from the interview, sneak peek footage, all of what is really a feel good story about two extraordinary people. It was a “very special” one hour show that was totally eclipsed by Costas’ eight minute interview (entirety seen below) of mind blowing weirdness.
Am I sexually attracted to underage boys? Sexually attracted?
You know, I enjoy young people. I, I love to be around them. I, I…
But no, I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.
I have this mental image of Sawyer freaking out, in a rage, throwing things around the ABC office in a massive talent fit… Freaking out because her giant interview just got “Sanduskied”.
Well played Costas. Well played.