NBC got into a bit of trouble for pressing Olympian Bode Miller to talk about his deceased
father brother. As the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir explains it: NBC Pushes Too Far in Bringing Bode Miller to Tears. Edward Wyatt there tweeted: “NBC says Bode Miller interview was ‘a necessary part of the story.’ Wrong. Let's end ‘Up Close & Personal.’” Susan Reimer at the Baltimore Sun suggested: “Sometimes you have to use your head, and your heart, in this business. #clueless.” Jennifer Brett at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution just called the situation: “How not to interview someone.”
Now, an NBC Olympics spokesperson gave a statement on Christin Cooper's interview. Brian Stelter at CNN pointed out: “NBC defends Bode interview: ‘Our judgment that his answers were a necessary part of the story.’” Paola Boivin from the Arizona Republic thinks it’s “Hard to watch.” Fernanda Santos with the New York Times tweeted: “Cheesy, IMHO.”
*Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the subject matter of NBC's interview was Miller's deceased father. In fact, it was his brother's passing that Cooper pressed about. We apologize for the error.