May 24, 2005

Not On Cruise Control

Oprah Winfrey is a talented broadcaster, and often can be an incisive and tough interviewer, but put her in front of a star and she is horrifying. Yesterday, she engaged in her usual kissfest with Tom Cruise. Of course, T.C. is out promoting War of the Worlds and his new relationship with Katie Holmes (not necessarily in that order).

We're so used to the expected quid pro quo (i.e., the star trades his appearance for a softball interview), that when a journalist asks a few tough questions, it seems like a personal attack. Evidently, at least one journalist in Germany doesn't know the drill.