Clueless CNN Anchor
What just happened falls under the "You had to be there to believe it!" category. As I'm flipping through the channels, I get to CNN where they're interviewing an author. In my ongoing quest to get a clue about book promotion, I decide to watch for a bit, to see if I can learn something useful.
The author is Martha Nibley Beck, daughter of mormon Hugh Nibley; she wrote a memoir accusing her father of sexual abuse. The host is one Tony Harris [transcript not online yet], and he asks the author what type of abuse she suffered. She obviously didn't want to go into too much detail, and answered (I paraphrase): Let's just say that today doctors think I tore during childbirth; they think I had an unassisted delivery.
Mr. Harris was totally confused by her reply, and, get this, quite annoyed. He launched into a mini-tirade, something to the effect: "What?"..."What does that mean?"..."I have no idea what you just said!"..."You have to explain!". The author managed to keep her composure. She went on to spell it out for our clueless anchor: the abuse caused scaring...in the vaginal area...severe enough...that doctors mistakenly assume I had an unassisted delivery.
Mr. Harris' reaction was just bizarre. You're an anchor, discussing the topic of sexual abuse, and your interlocutor mentions tearing during childbirth. In this context, even without knowing too much about repro organs, giving birth, and even if you're a male, what part of her anatomy do you think the woman is taking about--her spleen, her torn earlobes? Not only that, but to then turn around and chide her for your inability to comprehend simple concepts takes the cake. Ignorance and arrogance: the stuff of TV anchors.
And on a book promotion note, it has just occurred to me that critiquing TV interviewers is probably not the way to go about it. Back to the drawing board. [I blame my opinionated little self on my mixed brain, and appendaged heart:
Your Brain is 53.33% Female, 46.67% Male
Your brain is a healthy mix of male and female
You are both sensitive and savvy
Rational and reasonable, you tend to keep level headed
But you also tend to wear your heart on your sleeve